If sitting outside in your yard, or on your patio, is not something you do often in summer because of mosquitoes, then here’s a gardening tip to try now – before summer gets started. Plant some lemon grass in your flowerbeds (if you have a yard) or in big pots if you only have a patio, balcony, or small terrace.
You’ll want to purchase lemon grass that is already at least a foot tall because it takes longer (of course), and is a bit trickier, to grow from seed. Luckily, most garden centers and nurseries sell lemon grass that is ready for re-potting in your garden or into larger pots.
I bought this lemon grass in two small pots a couple of weeks ago and re-potted it in these bigger pots a few days later. I used Miracle-Gro Garden Soil for Flowers & Vegetables and some cedar mulch. The mulch keeps weeds from growing in the pot and also helps the soil retain moisture since the summer days here tend to be really hot and sunny.
The grass in both pots has already grown several inches taller and seems to be expanding to fill the pots as well. I want the lemon grass to get really tall this summer – for added privacy on my patio – so I’m going to re-pot one of the plants in this larger pot (above) and see how much faster it grows than the grass I leave in the smaller pot. I’ll continue to take photos to show you the results.
I love sitting on the patio in the early morning and evening (the only time that isn’t too hot to sit outside here in summer), but there tends to be mosquitoes, and I’d rather not spray the patio with bug spray, so this lemon grass should be a much nicer alternative.
Have you tried lemon grass as a way to repel mosquitoes? If so, leave a comment and let me know how well it worked.
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