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DESIGNSCAPE

Growing with You
Designing Sustainable Growth for a Changing Environment
July 2016 Newsletter
812-988-8900   www.designhort.com

2877 T C Steele Rd, Nashville, IN 47448

DESIGNSCAPE IN BLOOM MAGAZINE

Our work has been featured in several articles of the June/July Homes & Gardens issue of Bloom.


The picture below of the Gillen residence features a stairway of large flat sandstone steps with boulders tucked along the sides with a variety of shade loving shrubs, perennials and grasses. This provides a pleasantly natural transition from the front drive to the back patio.

Below is also from the Gillen residence and features a sandstone patio with fire pit and large character boulders. 

 

The Anderson residence below features a sandstone patio with steps leading down to a Bocce Ball court

 

The Watts residence below features large sandstone boulders set into a raised planter alongside stairs creating terraced planting beds.
Insect Repelling Plants

Simply planting the right perennials and herbs can detour bugs away from your bbq dinner. Here are a few: Catmint, Catnip, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Peppermint, Garlic, Basil, Rosemary, Heuchera 'Citronelle'
 

Mosquito Control

Mosquitos can be controlled in safe and effective ways.

1. Empty standing water where possible. Even small containers like cups, pot saucers, old tires can hold enough water for mosquito breeding.

2. Treat water that cannot be emptied such as drain lines and sewers with (Bti - Bacillus thuringiensis 'Israelensis') products such as Mosquito Dunks, Mosquito Bits, or Bactimos Briquettes. Surface standing water can be treated the same way or with gambusia mosquito fish.

3. Homeowners can spray to kill adult mosquitoes with plant oil pesticides such as Earth Harvest, Avenger, and EcoSMART. Pest control operators can use EcoEXEMPT. Garlic sprays work well to repel the insects for up to 30 days. Even better, broadcast dry minced garlic to the site at 1 - 2 lbs. per 1000 square feet. Bonide Mosquito Beater Granules is another good commercial dry product.


4. Use organic landscape management to encourage birds, bats, fish, dragonflies and other beneficial insects.

5. Use skin repellents that contain natural repellent herbs such as aloe vera, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, lavender, vanilla, citronella and other helpful herbs. The Center for Disease Control now recommends lemon eucalyptus. Taking a vitamin B complex daily also seems to help greatly. DEET products should not be used, especially on children – instead use  Cactus Juice or Cedar-Cide, or Vanilla Extract and water.

 
Source: -The Dirt Doctor-Howard Garrett
 

 


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