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Minimize Mosquitos With the Right Plants in Your Landscaping

As the temperature rises and the warm summer rains arrive so do our least favorite yard guest, the mosquito!   Incorporating natural repellent plants into your landscaping will help keep the pests away and outdoor activities going long after sundown.

Here are some of the most common plants:

Citronella: it is the most common ingredient in most mosquito repellents. Most people don’t realize that is an actual plan!

Citronella is a perennial clumping grass that emits a strong aroma that masks other scents, and keeps mosquitoes from being attracted to the things around it.

Peppermint:  Most Bugs don’t like the smell and taste of peppermint.  By planning it around your home it is a great way to keep them from joining your outdoor fun.  Peppermint leaves can also be rubbed on bites for relief.

Basil:  Talk about double duty.  Basil is not only great for cooking but the added bonus of keeping mosquitoes at bay is a definite perk.

Garlic: Eating garlic unfortunately will not repel mosquitos; however adding them to your garden does the trick.

Catnip:  Not just for felines any more! Catnip has been studied and found more effective than DEET, the ingredient found in common bug repellents.

Marigolds:  Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, an ingredient found in many insect repellents, and their unique aroma bugs find repulsive.

Lavender: A gorgeous purple flowering plant that has a soothing and calming scent.  Grow it indoors in a sunny window or in a flowerbed to keep the bugs away.

Lemon Balm:  A member of the mint family also known as Beebalm.  Lemon Balm is a very hard plant that is easily grown even if you do not have a green thumb. It is fast growing and grows well in the shade.

Contact Koch Kuts Landscaping for your free landscaping estimate in Burlington and surrounding areas.

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Make a Splash with your Burlington pool landscaping

From Modern to Rustic or maybe an island retreat or Mediterranean villa.  Swimming Pool Landscaping can transform the most basic pool and patio into an absolute oasis. Koch Kuts can work with you to develop a project that once complete gives the “wow” factor that you want for your yard

Consider the following simple principles of pool landscaping:

  • Making use of Potted plants can transform a plain patio area without the need to install a garden bed. Repeal mosquitoes by planting citronella plants in your pots.  These are low maintenance plants that have become a favorite due to their citrus scent and inspect repelling properties. Some other mosquito repealing plants include lemongrass, rosemary, marigolds and basil.
  • Planning on using your pool during the nighttime?  Add lighting into your landscaping.  Solar lights, lighted fountains and tiki torches will all provide a captivating glow during the nighttime hours.
  • Tall ornamental Grasses or evergreens along a fence or perimeter can give you extra privacy and are low maintenance.  Beware of deciduous or fruit trees that can cause damage or hours of extra maintenance from the falling leaves
  • Limit or eliminate grass close to your pool.  Not having to worry about grass clippings while performing lawn maintenance will give you extra time to enjoy the oasis that you have created.

Plants to use: 

Shrubs

Long blooming flowers

Evergreen trees and groundcover

Ornamental grasses like fountain grass

 

Plants to avoid: 

Plants that attracts bees and other insects like mint or bee balm

Fruit bearing trees

Plants with thorns, barbs, or other prickly parts like roses or hollies

Deciduous trees whenever possible

 

At Koch Kuts our professional team will work with you to bring the pool and patio of your dreams into a reality.

Contact Koch Kuts for your professional pool landscaping estimate in Burlington and surrounding areas.

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The Importance of Shade Trees in Southeastern Wisconsin

With the temperature rising and the BBQ season upon us it’s time to talk about shade.  Nothing hampers an outdoor activity faster than getting overheated by the Summer sun.  Most people underestimate the value of adding shade trees to their landscape.  Not only are trees a beautiful backdrop to your yard and help keep you cool during the peak hours of the day but also the proper placement of shade trees can be incredibly beneficial to not just your home but your bank account.

The most common benefits of planting shade trees are blocking unsightly views and increased privacy.  However that is just the beginning of the benefits of planting different types of trees around your home.

Here are some of the top reasons planting shade trees can benefit your home:

  • Shade trees assist in decreasing the amount of water needed when keeping your lawn green and lush by aiding in the reduction of water evaporation from the direct sunlight.
  • When temperatures rise in summer a well-placed shade tree can reduce cooling costs anywhere from 5% to 25%.
  • Smaller shade trees planted in sloped areas will help prevent soil erosion.
  • Trees serve as a barrier for your home during strong winds and storms
  • Mature and healthy trees add on average 10% to your property value
  • Planting trees next to a patio helps keep you cooler during peak sunlight hours.

The options for types of trees are vast and come in all sizes from tall trees such as Oak, Maple and Spruce to medium trees such as Washington, Hawthorn and Goldenrain tree or a smaller variety like the Redbud, Crabapple and Dogwood. Not sure what is right for your landscape?  A professional landscaper from Koch Kuts can advise you on the best trees for your yard. Typical cost can range anywhere from $50-$200 for decent new trees.

Contact Koch Kuts for your free landscaping estimate in Burlington and surrounding areas today.