The weather is heating up very quickly and with it comes the dreaded mosquito! These pests can ruin an evening in the garden and can take a beautiful comfortable Oasis into a dreaded unbearable space.
The best way to remove mosquitos is to get rid of any standing water as this is where they breed. Ensure you regularly replenish standing water found in bird baths, clean out blocked gutters, add sand to the saucers below your pots and make sure your water features are constantly moving with a simple pump.
I have a burbling urn style water feature that is always on whilst I’m home but I simply cover it with fly screen mesh when I leave the house for a day or three (yes that is actually how long a Selling Houses Australia makeover takes).
On top of removing standing water from the garden there are a few plants you can pop in the ground to help ward away these flying pests. Although a single plant may not have the desired effect you may be after, try mass planting for an increased effect.
1. Citronella smell
Citronella is the most common plant used in fighting mosquitos and this is because it has an intense smell that makes you harder to find for mozzies. The plant is easy to grow in full sun and grows to around 1.3-1.8 meters tall and is a clumping grass that doesn’t like any frosts at all.
2. Get some Catnip
Catnop has been said to be more powerful than DEET (the chemical used in the majority of insect repellent sprays) and is a member of the mint family so it can easily take over the garden. If it does you run the risk of being taken over by a hoard of cats too so you have been warned.
3. Lemon scented pelargoniums
These need to be planted in mass to be effective, but this can be an added design bonus to a garden space. Use them in a hot spot so the scent travels and allow them to spill over the surrounding walls of a patio to ward off any daring mozzie.
4. Marigolds are a great companion
This scent will also keep mozzies away from the garden so pop a few of these brightly coloured flowering plants at the front of a border or in a pot near your entertaining area to keep mozzies at bay
This plant omits a strong smell like the other plants listed above, but unlike them it can tolerate shade and it also like a dry spot too so it perfect for planting under trees and large shrubs.