Ants can be a real nuisance in the garden and damage your plants. Fortunately, it is possible to get rid of them by adopting repellent plants in your green space. One thing is for sure: you will repel these insects in no time and effectively protect your plants!
To keep ants away, all you need is the right plants. To top it off, these are easy to plant and add a lovely smell to your garden. These plants attract the predators of these sometimes harmful insects to your green space!
Four plants that repel ants in the garden
Mint has a repellent effect on ants. Thrives in sunny or semi-shaded locations. The soil must be moist and rich in humus. It is a resistant plant that does not need special care. To control the exuberant growth of mint, you need to place it in a large pot, which you will then transplant into the ground. The plant will need to be pruned regularly. Mint can also be grown on a balcony or terrace.
Although thyme does not have as intense an odor as mint, it is also an excellent ant repellant. It is a perennial plant, reaching a height of about 30 cm. It grows best in well-drained soil and in a sunny spot. This plant is native to the Mediterranean regions, so it does not tolerate cold and excess moisture. In winter, you should protect it from frost by covering it with a layer of straw.
Marjoram will not only help you keep ants away in the garden, but it will also make a beautiful plant to decorate your home. The plant thrives in warm, sunny locations and the soil should be fertile, permeable, and slightly alkaline in pH. It is grown as an annual plant but freezes in winter.
Lavender compounds not only repel ants but also mosquitoes, flies and ticks. Lavender should be planted very close to roses to protect them from aphids. The plant thrives in warm, sunny, dry locations and well-drained calcareous soils. It is resistant to drought. Lavender can be planted to perfume the house. It is perfect for flower beds, as well as for balconies and terraces.
Remember that ants should not be treated solely as pests. Its presence in the garden also has many advantages. Among them:
- They feed on parasites.
- Their droppings (including nitrogen) fertilize the soil.
- Thanks to the ants grow many plants such as violets, anemones and bluebells.
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