Dearborn Dirt – May 20th – May 26th

Dearborn Dirt

May 20th – May 26th

Garden Center News & Specials

Pesky Mosquito Prevention

Most insect-repelling plants do so with their natural fragrances, which keep annoying mosquitoes away and introduce wonderful scents throughout your garden. Place these plants in areas where guests will be often such as by a seating area or a doorway.

  • Lavender It repels many problem insects — such as mosquitoes, fleas and moths — from humans, animals and even other plants because of its lovely fragrance. While birds and bees feed freely from lavender, nearly all other creepy crawlies avoid its essential oil, which are found on the leaves of the plant. This plant is very tough and drought-resistant once established, and only needs full sun and good drainage.
  • Citronella – Known for its distinct smell, citronella grass is the most commonly used natural ingredient in mosquito repellants. The distinctive aroma is a strong smell which masks other attractants to mosquitoes, making it harder for them to find you. Although citronella is used in many forms, such as scented candles, torches and citronella ‘scented’ plants, the living plant is more effective because it has a stronger smell.
  • Lemon Grass Lemon grass has long been used in natural insect repellents which contain citronella oil. To help deter mosquitoes with its strong fragrance, plant lemon grass along walkways and in locations close to seating areas.

There are more plants that can help with those pesky mosquitos and you can ask a garden center associate for help.

We also carry a new Citronella Candle, Bite-Lite, which is a natural mosquito candle containing the highest percentage of active ingredients to repel mosquitoes. This candle contains nearly 7% of natural oils. Also noteworthy is that it produces no smoke or soot like standard citronella candles. It is also nearly three times more effective than those natural mosquito candles containing only citronella oil as the active ingredient.

Garden Center Sale

Quince Past Bloom
50% OFF Orange & Red

Any Azalea
 5.00 OFF

Cherry Laurel Schipaensis
20% OFF

*while supplies last