I wanted to share a porch update we made with you because I’m excited about its potential.
Colorado isn’t known for its mosquito problem. As a Missouri native, they were a natural factor into porch evenings, dusk picnics, and any other outdoor activity past 6pm.
Our new place has a large deck in the back yard and we’ve tried to get out there most summer nights. EXCEPT a huge tiny wrench is getting in the way of enjoying our time out there. We are getting EATEN ALIVE by the number of mosquitos. EATEN ALIVE.
We’re attributing part of the problem to the water feature that runs along one side of our yard. It’s a rock waterfall that, while beautiful, seems to have a leak that causes water to pool in the back corner of the yard. It’s also using a lot of energy with a water pump running 100% of the time. We started to solve this issue over the weekend by draining the water and filling in the area with rocks and plants.
However, driven by desperation and impatience, we decided to tackle this problem from multiple angles.
Researching natural ways to deter mosquitos, I stumbled upon the novel idea to use plants! I planted citronella, lavender, and marigolds in pots and rail boxes and put them along the perimeter of the deck.
I’m very hopeful this will help stave off the little buggers.
There were a few more plants I found when researching that would be effective repellers-
Catnip (I think this one would drive some neighborhood cats bonkers)
I’ll be back with an update in about a month when my little guys have a chance to grow and get more fragrant.