Our backyards can often look and feel overrun with those pesky nuances we call insects. Some are definitely more problematic than others. Ticks and aphids, for example, can become resistant to pesticides, whereas the chemicals in those pesticides routinely kill lawn-friendly bugs like honey bees and butterflies that are great for your yard and the environment
So, what’s a responsible adult to do? Look to nature. Many herbs and plants are natural insect repellents that can be grown rather easily in your home, yard or garden.
PRO TIP: Before you plant any herbs or flowers, check in with your local veterinarian as to which ones are non-toxic to your furry friends. You can also visit aspaca.org for a list of plants that are friendly for pets.
Plant a combination of the below to up-level your lawn’s natural insect-repelling abilities.
Many bugs, believe it or not, exist as a safe and free form of pest control, so you’ll want to create an environment in which lawn-friendly bugs feel right at home. Start by planting bug-friendly flowers, herbs and plants that can grow in your local climate and aren’t toxic to your pets. Some ideas include petunias, marigolds, basil, catnip, mint and lavender.
For a complete list of plants that are non-toxic for dogs, visit aspca.org.