While fending off bugs doesn’t top most folks’ “backyard fun” list, truth is, it’s an unfortunate reality. So, consider heeding this advice on how to repel bugs with plants. Sure, you can use bug sprays out in the yard, or even on your skin. But, wouldn’t it be nice to ward off these pests and beautify your outdoor space in the process? Whether it’s mosquitoes, gnats, or flies you’re up against, you can actually repel bugs with plants. In this Backyard Life video, Today’s Homeowner co-host Chelsea Lipford Wolf outlines the way she goes about ridding her yard of them. (As well as admitting that nobody hates bugs more than she does! “Especially, when you’re enjoying family time out on your deck,” she laments.)
Each summer, Lipford Wolf plants bug-repellent container gardens. They’re tough on insects, but easy on the eyes. Peppermint is a classic choice for keeping a variety of bugs at bay, while citronella is often referred to as the “mosquito plant.” With either, flying pests simply can’t stand them. To add height and textural variety to her containers, Lipford Wolf opts for lemongrass. Other surefire bug-fighting plants that can be found at most local nurseries include lavender, lemon balm and marigolds.
It’s that simple. “I hope this helps you enjoy your outdoor living space just a little more this summer,” Wolf adds.