These Plants Naturally Repel Bugs
If you’re looking for an easy way to keep mosquitos and other bugs away, plant a container garden full of naturally-repellent plants! It’ll enhance your outdoor patio or deck while repelling those tiny pests!
Isn’t it great there are plants that bugs are naturally prone to dislike?? You don’t need chemical sprays or anything fancy to keep mosquitos away. Just a few trusty plants!
Any combination of these plants will work:
- Lemon balm
And my favorite part about this project is that it also decorates your outdoor living space at the same time! So pick up a cute planter or two while you’re getting your plants. I used this resin-based whiskey barrel planter* and a smaller one in a different color for some variety.
Add Soil and Plants
Since the whiskey barrel planter I’m using is so deep, I like to start by putting some empty grow pots or water bottles in the bottom of the planter. It keeps it from getting too heavy and I can get away with using less soil.
Plan out where your plants will go in your container before you get to planting. The plants I selected have 3 different heights. So I’m going to start with the shortest, peppermint, in the front.
A fun fact is that peppermint and spearmint are very invasive plants. They have a high spread rate and can take over a garden in no time! So it’s recommended to keep them confined to a container or planter.😬
After my peppermint is in place, I move on to the medium-height Citronella. It’s commonly referred to as ‘the mosquito plant’. Depending on the size of your planter you may need more or less plants to fill it out!
I love using Lemongrass in a container like this because it’s so tall and has a fun texture! Put your largest plant, whichever you choose, in the back of your container so it doesn’t hide the others.
This container garden was made in partnership with Exmark Mowers*. You can watch my video tutorial on this project for more tips and tricks and to see this ‘how-to’ in action! Their Backyard Life site is full of other fun outdoor projects too!
Speaking of video tutorials, remember when I made this wooden initial herb garden? You could plant some of these same bug-repellent plants in it too!
If you follow this easy way to keep mosquitos away and make your own bug-repellent garden, tag me (@checkinginwithchelsea) and use the hashtag #backyardlife on social!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea
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