Choosing The Perfect Fence

When you first buy a home, you might care more about your furniture or your home's facade than you do about your front fence. However, there aren't many home components that play as important of a role as that yard enclosure. In addition to protecting your kids and pets, fences can also dress up your property and make the area look polished. Unfortunately, if you don't know a lot about fences, it might be difficult to choose one when you have the chance. My blog is designed to walk you through your fence options, so that you aren't left wondering how to improve your curb appeal.

3 Ways To Keep A Yard Pest Free


A healthy, well maintained yard is a thing of beauty. It's also something that is constantly under threat from common pests such as grasshoppers, gophers, and other bugs and critters. Keeping a yard pest free is a hassle for many homeowners. Many turn to chemicals and pesticides to keep these pests at bay. However, there are a few natural approaches that can also be effective. Here are three ways to keep pests away from a yard without resorting to chemicals.

Cedar Fence

When it comes to keeping pests out, many do not consider that their choice of fence can actually help. Cedar is a pleasant smelling, sturdy wood that is sometimes used for fencing. What many don't realize is that cedar contains a natural oil that repels moths, mosquitoes, woodworms, and other insects. It also keeps rodents such as rats and mice at bay as well. A cedar fence is a great natural way to decrease the amount of pests entering a yard. The downside is that it can be expensive. Not counting the cost of professional installation from a company like Deck and Fence Services, a cedar fence costs somewhere between $7 and $15 per linear foot.

Pest Controlling Plants

Keeping plants pest free can feel like a part time job. Regularly putting out chemicals and removing plants that have been destroyed by pests can be a lot of work. So why not let some of the plants do the work instead? There are plenty of plants that contain natural pest repelling properties. Artemisia produces a strong smell that discourages many insects. Other plants that repel pests include basil, catnip, chrysanthemums, dahlias, garlic, marigolds, petunias, and much more. Another advantage of using these plants is also that many of them make attractive additions to any yard in addition to their other great qualities. 

Castor Oil

Castor oil is an ingredient in a variety of products ranging from soap to paint. It can also be used to get rid of unwanted underground pests. Getting rid of gophers, moles, and armadillos can be very difficult. Most don't want to harm these rodents but they also want to keep them from destroying their lawns. Castor oil granules are a great choice for ridding a yard of these pests. These granules release a natural scent that repels gophers and moles but does not harm them. It's also good for the lawn as well.

Keeping a yard pest free can be difficult without using harsh chemicals. However, natural methods such as installing a cedar fence, planting pest controlling plants, and using castor oil can produce great results.


16 May 2016