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Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

Love being outdoors but sick of those annoying blood-sucking mosquitoes? Put down the sprays and nets, here are thirteen different plants you can grow that’ll help keep the mosquitoes away.
 
Bug zappers are also annoying, and leave you sitting among insect parts. Moreover, you may not be in the mood for smoky candles or incense. However, this does not mean you have to be bothered by mosquitoes. Most people know about cintronella, it’s found in many products that keep bugs away, but there are others that can do the job.
 
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
Mosquitoes hate the lemony scent of this plant. With some patience, you can easily grow this plant in your garden. You just have to buy stalks easily available in the market. Lemongrass prefers good drainage and full sun. However, it’s important to understand that this beautiful tropical plant does not tolerate freezing temperatures.
 
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
For some gardeners, this is a perennial. For others, it is an annual plant. Catnip is considered about 10 times more effective than DEET for repelling mosquitoes. However, this plant has a tendency to be quite invasive.
 
If it’s in the garden bed, cats can crush this plant. But you can keep a couple of them in hanging containers to avoid both problems.
 
Marigold (Tagetes spp.)
This is a sun loving annual plant. Besides mosquitoes, this one can also repel aphids. It can be an...
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Sod Shortages Expected in the Southern U.S.

Sod Shortages Expected in the Southern U.S.

Turfgrass in the South may be harder to comeby in the spring and summer of 2015. Renouned professor and extension specialist Dr. Grady Miller of North Carolina State University attributes reduced acreages during the economic downturn and increasing construction demand as likely explanations of the 2015 shortfall in acres. Expect for prices to be higher this year and you should plan your budgeting and pricing accordingly.

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