Believe it or not, you don’t have to drown yourself in sticky bug repellent to keep the bugs at bay! For a more green approach, try planting some insect repelling plants around your yard or in your garden. To help you Creekbend Property Management has compiled a list of 5 types of flowers with natural insecticide properties. Enjoy these beautiful and functional flowers without the uninvited guests!
Plants such as the Allium giganteum, whose flower heads grow stalks up to 6 feet tall, contain a broad spectrum natural insecticide. They repel several insects that might damage your other garden plants, including slugs, aphids, carrot flies and cabbage worms. Plants that will benefit from being near alliums include tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, and carrots. They can also help to keep aphids off rose bushes. Alliums are not only insect repellent, some of them are edible! These include small-growing herbs such as chives and garlic chives, leeks and shallots. Bon apetit!
Chrysanthemums contain pyrethrum, a highly effective insect repellent which can kill flying and jumping insects. Chrysanthemum flowers are used in America’s most commonly available home and garden insecticide and are frequently used in indoor sprays, pet shampoos and aerosol bombs. Chrysanthemums can repel roaches, ants, Japanese beetles, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs, spider mites, harlequin bugs and root-knot nematodes. Plant chrysanthemums in flower beds near entry ways or windows to repel unwanted house guests!
The scent from various types of marigolds repels aphids, mosquitoes and even rabbits. The roots of marigolds are often used by farmers to repel nematodes; however it may take up to a year to yield this effect. Grow marigolds as an annual, mixed in along the border of your flower beds or interspersed throughout your vegetable garden to protect your plants from harmful pests!
Nasturtiums are perfect for “companion planting,” which is growing a variety of plants close to one another for the benefits each brings to the others. Nasturtiums release an airborne chemical that repels harmful insects, protecting not just the nasturtium but other plants nearby. Many of the insects nasturtiums repel favor vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, collards, broccoli, cabbage and radishes. Nasturtiums are ideal for planting along the edges of vegetable gardens.
Some people think of petunias as “nature’s pesticide.” They repel aphids, tomato hornworms, asparagus beetles, leafhoppers and squash bugs. Petunias are widely used because they are available in a variety of bright colors and require minimal maintenance. They are almost foolproof to grow and can be grown in garden beds, containers, or hanging baskets. Plant them in sunny areas near vegetables and herbs such as beans, tomatoes, peppers and basil.
Once you have planted all these amazing and beautiful flowers you can now sit back with your iced tea and enjoy the great outdoors without being driven back indoors! Creekbend Property Management wishes you a wonderful weekend!
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