Summertime is around the corner, and for many in Utah, that means outdoor entertaining. It’s also one of the best times to spruce up the landscaping and enhance curb appeal. While this aspect of property does draw the eyes of prospective buyers, such projects also improve the quality of life for long-term residents. Concrete is the perfect building medium for these endeavors, permitting homeowner creativity to find its fullest expression in diverse projects, and we at All About Curb are excited to assist.
Herbs for Life
Most might think of herbs as simple ingredients used in the kitchen. While many culinary herbs will enliven your cuisine, they also provide relief from outdoor insects. These herbs deliver their flavor via volatile oils and organic compounds, which also deter most six-legged pests without the need for expensive or dangerous lawn and garden treatments. Some common herbal helpers are rosemary, lavender, oregano, thyme, mint, the citronella geranium, lemon balm, lemongrass, and basil.
Common basil repels both mosquitoes and houseflies. If you allow it to bolt and produce flower stalks, bees and butterflies favor the tiny white blossoms, but you can easily pinch these off and prevent bolting. Rosemary, lavender, mint, lemongrass, lemon thyme and lemon balm all repel mosquitoes. However, it is advised that you plant mint, lemon balm, and lemongrass in containers, because they spread aggressively.
The design team of All About Curb has a host of designs and ideas to implement your new patio herb garden or decorative plantings throughout your landscape plan that will suppress pests. If you’re exploring a new patio or pathway, why not include dedicated or raised planters. These will allow you to plant both perennial and annual herbs and flowers to brighten your days and keep bugs away. In each entertaining space, you can dedicate a little area for these handy, helpful plants.
Concrete curbing can also help to define border beds in which you want to plant bulbs, shrubs, flowers, and herbs. In this way, you can enrich your landscape, bring nature close to you, but skip the irritating gnats, mosquitoes, fleas, and flies that are also a part of the outdoor world.
We at All About Curb are privileged to serve the communities of Utah and Salt Lake counties, providing innovative and essential assistance for concrete projects of all sorts. If you’ve decided that your outdoor space needs an herbal treatment, call us today at 801-369-4423. It’s our pleasure to assist.