Can’t Travel for the Holidays? These Three Tips Can Transform Your Backyard into a Tuscan Escape

Like many of us, this year’s unprecedented events probably put a damper on your holiday and summer vacation travels. Now that you’ve spent more time at home, you’ve likely noticed several areas in your house that you want to renovate, such as your backyard space. 

Instead of traveling outside of your backyard to Italy, why not take Italy to your backyard?! Here are some tips for Tuscan landscape design in Miami.

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Is Your Tropical Landscaping Creating or Solving Your Mosquito Problem?

In South Florida, summer is here practically all year long. With a tropical, humid climate comes plenty of pesky mosquitoes and bothersome insects right outside your doorstep. But is your fresh garden creating your mosquito problem or solving it? 

Your landscape may be the culprit, which is why it’s crucial to consider what plants repel mosquitoes and which plants attract them. Our experts at Landscaping by Steve Blaum can help you figure out just that.

Mosquito-Attracting Plants

One of the most popular yet most mosquito-attracting plants in South Florida are bromeliads, which are ornamental plants that are attractive and easy to maintain. However, certain types of bromeliads, such as tank bromeliads, can hold water between their leaves. 

The space between the leaves makes a great place for mosquitoes to breed as the eggs hatch when water is present. After a few days, they become adult mosquitoes that can bite people and spread diseases such as yellow fever, dengue fever, chikungunya, and Zika

While bromeliads may look beautiful, they can be mosquito nest resorts that pose threats to the health of your family and your landscape. Other plants that attract mosquitoes are mainly those containing nectar and honey dew because both male and female mosquitoes feed on it. 

Most plants with flowers contain nectar; therefore, if you are a flower lover and have placed flowers throughout your modern tropical landscape in Miami, it’s best to place plants that will repel the mosquitoes attracted to your flowers.

Also, you mustn’t leave any standing water anywhere around your house. Just like nectar in plants and flowers attracts mosquitoes, so does water. Without it, mosquitos cannot breed and create offspring. Some plants that attract mosquitos include bamboo, taro, papyrus, water lilies, water hyacinths, and water lettuce.

 

Mosquito Repellent Plants

What plants repel mosquitoes? Fortunately, plenty of mosquito repellent plants can add to your modern tropical landscape in Miami and the South Florida area. Here are just a few of them!

  • Lavender The relaxing smell, as well as its pretty looks, can make a great addition to your garden. Best of all, bugs hate lavender. This plant repels fleas, moths, and mosquitoes, and it can add a pop of color to your porch! Take some lavender from your garden and hang it in bunches near entry points to your home, and you can deter pests from flying inside.
  • Wormwood This plant has a unique look of velvet as well as a beautiful silver-green color. While wormwood plants are attractive to us, they’re definitely not appealing to pests. Planting wormwood helps deter the presence of flies, mosquitos, moths, ants, and even mice.
  • Marigolds Not only are these plants gorgeous but also they carry a distinct scent that keeps mosquitos away. The best place to put these plants is near entry points for mosquitoes, like your home’s doors and windows or along porch steps. Marigolds contain pyrethrum, a compound used in many repellents and sometimes referred to as nature’s insecticide. These strong fragrant flowers are popular edging plants for vegetable gardens so that pests don’t feast on your food.
  • Sweet Basil The leaves on this plant contain an oil called estragole that’s toxic to mosquito larvae. Because mosquito eggs hatch in water, the best place to plant basil is near a water source. This will control the mosquito population in the area and prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs. 

How Landscaping by Steve Blaum Can Help: Modern Tropical Landscaping Miami

If you want to know what plants repel mosquitoes that best fit with your garden, we highly recommend discussing with a professional so they can develop a tailor-made plan just for your modern tropical landscaping in Miami

At Landscaping by Steve Blaum, the most important part of our process is sitting down with you, the customer. This meeting ensures we know exactly what you expect from your architectural landscape design, and it takes into consideration aspects such as the climate, soil quality, groundwater drainage, and topography of the area. 

You may not feel familiar with all those specialized terms. However, that is what we are here for—to serve as the middleman between discussing options in simple terms and working with our team to bring it to life. Our professionals will be able to consider all the scenarios to design the most functional, beautiful, and mosquito-free landscape for your home.

Contact our Landscaping by Steve Blaum team today, we’ll map out the perfect landscape for keeping those mosquitoes at bay!

Lavender is not only a beautiful addition to your garden, but also it’s a great mosquito repellent plant.
Irrigation Systems in South Florida

Irrigation: Your Landscaping’s Best Friend During Miami’s Long Hot Summers

Proper Irrigation Systems for Your South Florida Landscaping Ideas

It’s hot, and your beautiful landscaping is wilting! Miami summers are unquestionably hot, and without a properly installed irrigation system, your tropical landscaping will wither away in the heat. 

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Best Native Miami Butterfly Plants to Add to Your Landscaping Project

Creating a Native Butterfly Garden With Native Plants

When most people think about creating a butterfly garden, their goal is to invite nature around their homes. However, their problem is they aren’t sure where to start with their Miami landscaping ideas.

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Quarantine Gardening Gone Wrong: 3 Quick Tips to Keep in Mind

Quarantine Gardening this Spring | Tips from Landscaping by Blaum

Gardening is a long-time, proven stress reliever. In times like today’s coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, people are spending a lot of time at home and are starting to focus on gardening and creative landscape design to help them get the most out of their property.

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