Manage Pest Problems With Your Landscaping
Landscaping is important for every home that has the space. It’s not just a pretty patch of ground; it’s a beneficial addition to your property.
Here are some of the benefits of landscaping:
Landscaping Adds Value. Beautiful landscaping can add up to 20% to the value of your home. It’s the first thing that people see, so it makes your home more interesting and attractive. If you ever sell it, potential buyers are more likely to enter and take a look around if they see how well you take care of the landscaping.
Landscaping Makes Your Home Cooler. Greenery and trees add shade and oxygen. They can make your surroundings cooler and more enjoyable. The better you take care of your landscaping, the more serene your home would look and feel. Landscaping can even reduce your carbon footprint.
Landscaping Preserves Nature. Landscaping keeps your surroundings close to nature. You’re adding to the plant life in your area instead of destroying it.
While landscaping does present some great benefits, however, the presence of pests can put a damper on your enjoyment of it. Fortunately, there is a way to keep your landscaping free of pest infestation.
Here’s how to prevent pest problems with your landscaping:
Use Rubber Mulch. Mulch makes a garden look better, but it’s made from chips of wood. That means, it attracts pests like termites, ants and cockroaches. You can avoid this problem by using rubber mulch instead. It’s made from used tires, so you also contribute to repurposing. It mimics the look of organic mulch, but it doesn’t absorb the water meant for your plants. Rubber mulch is good for up to 10 years.
Don’t Plant Too Close to the House. The leaves and branches of your shrubs and trees provide shelter from heat for insects. To reduce the likelihood of bugs entering your home, put at least an 18-inch buffer between the plants and your home. You might also want to plant tall trees further away to prevent them from scratching your siding, windows, or roof.
Choose Pest-Repelling Plants. Some plants are natural pest repellents, and many of them are also pretty. Marigolds, for instance, repel mosquitoes and aphids. They are even undesirable for rabbits. Lavender is a fly repellent, and chrysanthemums are bad for ticks and fleas, so they’re good news for your dog. There are many other plants that naturally repel bugs, so make sure to do your research.
Call a Professional. First, it’s a good idea to call a professional landscaper and learn more about pest prevention on your landscape. Second, if there is already an infestation, call a company that offers residential pest control services.
Keep Your Garden Clean. Many homeowners enjoy relaxing in their yard. Some have an area for coffee or even meals with the family. However, any food you drop on the ground is an invitation for ants, rats, and other pests. Always keep your garden clean and free of anything that might be food for critters.