Property Manager Eco-Friendly Tip: How to Combat pests in Gardens
Property Manager Eco-Friendly Tip: How to Combat pests in GardensProperty Manager Eco-Friendly Tip: How to Combat pests in Gardens

Property Manager Eco-Friendly Tip: How to Combat pests in Gardens

As a property manager, there are many concerns you need to address, this includes pests in your building’s gardens. A building’s exterior helps to draw in new tenants, so keeping them looking lovely should be a priority. An easy and eco-friendly way of doing so is planting pest-repelling flowers. These flowers emit scents that predatory insects find offensive, and other varieties release disorienting compounds into the air that act as olfactory camouflage for neighboring plants.

Pest-Repelling Flower Types

Tansy

Cheerful tansies boast ant-repelling properties. This benefit is helpful not only for guarding doorways and play areas, but for keeping ants from herding aphids on ornamental plants. The tall plants bear bright yellow flowers resembling large buttons. Grow them in full or partial sun.

Catnip

Catnip bears dark blue petals on arching spikes. It also helps repel the cabbage worms known to go after broccoli, kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. It’s additionally a useful ornamental for hiding the base of the leggier rose bush species, while protecting the roses from aphids. In warmer regions, plant catnip plants where it can get some shade, or provide it with shade cloth.

Mints

Like catnip, spearmint and peppermint are members of the mint family. In mid to late summer, mints bear blue or purple flowers. Grow either peppermint or spearmint to deter cabbage moths and ants. Unless you need mint as a ground cover for a broad area, mint’s sprawling nature may take over the very plants you are trying to protect. The solution? Grow mint in pots near the vegetables or ornamentals that are bothered by pests, or sink mints into the ground in a bottomless container, which helps contain spread. Other mints are also known for specific bug-repelling properties. Southernwood is useful for turning away moths, while pennyroyal scares away fleas, maggots, ants and some ticks.

Alliums

Members of the strong-smelling Allium family have a reputation for repelling insect pests. Many of them also produce handsome flowers. For low-growing options, try chives or garlic chives, which bear fluffy purple flower heads. On the other end of the spectrum is the giant flowering onion, which grows up to 6 feet tall and bears massive round flower heads. Members of the Allium family are considered broad-spectrum pest repellants, deterring everything from aphids on rose bushes to rust flies in the carrot patch.

Mediterranean Herbs (Thyme, RoseMary, and Sage)

Although many Mediterranean herbs are primarily known for their culinary charms, they also offer colorful blooms and bug-repelling properties. Thyme is a low-growing plant especially useful for deterring crawling pests, such as cabbage worms and slugs. Depending on the variety you grow, thyme bears dainty flowers in a range of hues, including pink, white and blue. A true Mediterranean herb, thyme enjoys full sun and even tolerates foot traffic. Other sun-loving flowering herbs that flying and crawling pests dislike include rosemary, a shrubby plant with blue flowers, and sage, a fuzzy-leaved plant also bearing blue flowers.

Other Types

Make room in your garden for flowers which, while they may not directly repel insect pests, still have a role in fighting off predatory bugs. Some perennial flowers attract beneficial insects, which in turn feed on the bugs, making short work of your more vulnerable plants. Include yarrow, goldenrod, angelica, candytufts, chamomile, evening primrose and morning glory vines in your landscape to attract parasitic wasps, lady beetles, lacewings, hover flies and other “good guy” insects.

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