Are you searching for natural ways to keep bugs out of your garden? I love the warmer, summer weather and I enjoy spending time out in the garden, whether it’s planting a few of my favorite flowers or sipping an ice cold glass of lemonade as I watch the birds at the feeders. But, the one thing that I don’t enjoy doing in the garden is swatting at mosquitoes and black flies while I’m trying to enjoy myself!

Whether your idea of spending time in the garden involves digging and planting or strolling through the garden as you pick the blooming flowers, chances are the bugs aren’t what you look forward to. While I understand that they need to be in the garden, I’d like them to stay away from me. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to help.

Add plants that repel bugs. There are several different types of plants that repel bugs in the garden. A few that you might want to consider are marigolds, basil, lavender, rosemary, lemongrass, or chrysanthemums.

Add beneficial bugs like spiders and ladybugs. These two insects will eat the eggs of the bugs that you don’t want in your garden. While I’m not all that fond of spiders, I do love ladybugs. It’s hard not to smile when you see their cheerful red and black polka dots.

Consider adding a bat house to your garden. Bats eat insects and chances are that they will be sleeping during the hours you’re outside in the garden. You can find many cute bat houses on Amazon. Hang it high in a tree and wait for the bats to find it.

Keep your yard and garden tidy. Bugs will lay their eggs in still water and piles of dead brush and leaves. If you make sure that you don’t have these things in your yard, you will lessen the chance that you’ll have swarms of bugs annoying you in the garden. While it’s not always possible to remove them completely, you can certainly work toward having as few as possible.

So, the next time you find yourself swatting a fly or a mosquito away from your face, consider trying a few of these simple ideas to keep bugs out of your garden. You just may find that you enjoy yourself a lot more once the insects are not quite so annoying.