When it comes to a garden, most growers are interested in protecting their plants from harmful insects, but of the most irritating and dangerous parasites found in the garden can do the most harm to people and their pets: fleas and ticks. Both feed on blood, and both can cause serious health issues. Fleas can transmit tapeworms and cause home infestations, while some species of ticks are best known for transmitting Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever – yipes!
Despite these risks, many gardeners - growing organic or not - are leery of using chemical poisons to try to kill these pests – especially if their animals go into the yard. The good thing is that nature has a way of taking care of itself, and there are a number of plants that be added to your yard that naturally repel both fleas and ticks, are animal friendly, and will add a bit more green to your garden. Take a look:
Besides being a wonderful garnish on a roast, rosemary repels fleas, ticks, aphids, mites, and flies as well. The scent is so potent, that if you don’t want to plant it you can simply place fresh cut sprigs around the problem areas. It’s okay if your pet rubs against the planted shrub, it’s not harmful to animals and the scent getting in their fur will help repel any fleas that try to hide there.
Cat owners will find themselves uniquely popular with their pet if they take the time to plant this herb. Catnip repels fleas as well as mosquitos, and is completely safe for your animals. The only thing to be wary of is neighborhood cats coming to visit – they may end up rolling around in your vegetables if the catnip is planted too close!
Besides the exquisite smell, lavender will bring a pop of color to your garden with its purple blooms. Lavender is widely used for relief from headaches, sprains, burns, bug bites and even digestive problems. Add the fact that it also repels ticks, fleas, moths and mosquitoes, and it seems like there’s no reason not to add this plant to your landscape.
Best known as a relaxing herbal tea, chamomile has a daisy-like flower that will add instant cheer to your garden. It not only repels fleas and ticks, it’s also known as a good ‘companion’ plant to have as because it attracts aphid and mite eating hoverflies, ladybugs and other beneficial insects.
If you’d like to add these pet-friendly, pest repellant herbs but aren’t sure where to plant them, a Geoplanter or GeoPot (or two!) Both are in stock at geopot.com in an array of sizes and styles certain to complement your garden and help you in your quest to get rid of those pests.
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