Although they might be dormant right now, spring is just around the corner, which means the troublesome enemies of landscaping will be back soon. Soon we will see the return of caterpillars, stinkbugs, and other annoying pests that can ruin your springtime barbeque experience. But don’t lose hope yet, for you can retaliate in any war. Here are some small but effective landscaping tips to help to defend your yard against pesky insects.
Frequently Cut the Grass
This may seem like a solution that is too good to be true. But it is true. Long grass is a whole ecosystem for bugs. There are thousands of creatures that can live in just a few square feet of long grass, including harmful bugs like deer ticks. Keeping the grass short can deter bugs from living there and move them away from your property.
Invest in Natural Insect Repellent via Landscaping
Did you know that some plants are naturally able to discourage insects away? Some scents are pleasant to humans but nauseating to bugs. Also, some plants are poisonous to bugs but safe for people. Chrysanthemums are a great example. Not only are they beautiful, sweet-smelling fragrant flowers, but insects like ants, silverfish, and cockroaches can’t stand them. Petunias are also a good choice for those who like more delicate flowers.
On the flip side, consider removing certain plants like lavender or anything with curled leaves. Wasps have a great adoration of lavender plants, and many bugs lay their eggs on curled leaves.
Choose an Appropriate Mulch
A surprising number of bugs start their lives under the ground. Certain types of mulch, such as organic mulch, can actually inadvertently become a breeding ground for bugs in certain conditions. Make sure to always research the pros and cons of different mulch types before making a purchase. The placement of mulch is also important. If mulch that bugs love is set too close to your home, you are basically asking for pests like termites to waltz right in. That’s why it is so important to know the difference beforehand.
Do you have a lot of shade in your yard? This may be a reason why there are so many bugs. Bugs tend to thrive in shady areas because many are nocturnal or just prefer cooler areas. A good way to help with this is to knock down any unnecessary trees. It’s an unexpected landscaping trick, but you would be surprised at how much shade just one tree can produce. Trees are also an optimal home to tent caterpillars, a notoriously annoying garden pest.
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