- Marigolds – These beautiful flowers can add a splash of color to your landscaping and mosquitoes hate them! This is because marigolds contain a natural compound used in many commercial bug sprays. They’re also great in and around gardens to repel tomato worms and squash bugs.
- Lemongrass – Lemongrass contains citronella (the same compound found in citronella torches and candles). It often works better at repelling mosquitoes than commercial citronella products because this decorative grass has a stronger aroma.
- Rosemary – Rosemary isn’t just used for cooking but also for keeping away flies and mosquitoes! It does well when planted in pots, so it’s a great plant to sit next to doorways or backyard seating areas.
- Mint – Mint is a natural mosquito and rodent repellent. However, be careful not to plant this directly in your yard or garden because it can easily spread like a weed. Instead, keep it potted in a container.
- Citronella – As its name implies, this perennial contains the citronella compound and is great for warding off mosquitos. It also gives the area a lovely citrus smell.
Why Are Aeration and Overseeding Important?
- Aeration is so much more than just “poking holes” in your lawn! It removes cores or plugs of soil, thatch, and grass, allowing air, water, and nutrients to reach the roots more efficiently, and in turn, encouraging growth.
- Overseeding is a solution for damaged or thin lawns, adding seed to areas that have fallen victim to summer heat, pests, or disease. Seeding over areas of established grass helps to fill in the gaps and create a thicker, more robust lawn that is better able to fend off these hazards.
Why Combine Aeration and Overseeding?Aeration and overseeding are often combined because aeration creates an ideal environment for the new seeds. The holes and cores left behind by aeration ensure that seeds come into contact with soil, rather than getting caught in the thatch layer. When more seeds reach the soil, more of them germinate, and more grass fills in the sparse areas, leaving you with a lawn that is not only thick and attractive, but tougher in the face of lawn hazards like drought, disease, and insects. Combining aeration and overseeding will give you a healthier, hardier fescue lawn with that “make-the-neighbors-jealous” look, but the time to book is now! If you’d like to learn more about overseeding, aeration, or any other landscape and lawn care services, contact us!
Mow Your Lawn Correctly
It’s tempting to mow your lawn as short as possible so you don’t have to do this chore weekly. However, grass that has been cut too short is at the mercy of the elements. The scorching heat may brown your green grass and burn any existing water. When you mow, make sure to put the blades to the highest length.
Distribute Your Grass Clippings
Many lawn mowers spit the grass clippings onto the lawn that was just cut. Instead of bagging these clippings, re-distribute them evenly across the lawn. These clippings not only provide shade for your freshly-cut lawn, but they also add nutrients to the soil below.
Water Your Lawn
Grass thrives when it has enough water. If you’re not watering your lawn already, make sure to start. It needs roughly one inch of water on a weekly basis to grow properly. When you water your grass, do so in the early morning hours before the scorching sun is high in the sky.
Remove Weeds Quickly
Weeds and thatch are soil’s worst enemy. When weeds take root, they infiltrate the soil and choke out good plants and wanted grass. When you remove weeds before they spread, you are enabling your grass to have the room it needs to grow and thrive.
If you’re searching for lawn, tree, and shrub care, Alternative Environments is the company for you. We can help make your existing lawn into a thriving, healthy lawn that you’ll never want to leave. Contact us today with your questions.