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marigolds as natural insecticide.....

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by geogunn, May 19, 2006.

  1. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    HI FOLKS--I have a question......

    I have heard that marigolds are a natural insect repellent.

    I have therefore planted a marigold bed in my garden.

    but it occurred to me that it is possible the marigolds could deter the beneficial pollinating insects and that would not be a good thing.

    can someone give me an opinion on this please?

    thank you.

    GEO :)
  2. ArizPestWeed

    ArizPestWeed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,457

    Chrysanthemums , Rosemary and many others contain natural insecticides to keep from being eatin , still , bees and other pollinating animals still do their job .
    I use ECOPCO insecticide made from Rosemaey & Clove oil , kills bugs dead but the bees visit their flowers all day .

    Does this help ?
  3. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    thanks weedhead--no matter the question, you are always a big help.

    GEO :waving:
  4. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I usually plant a few marigolds in the veggy garden, I cant say for sure if it helps but it doesnt hurt

  5. mjohnson1

    mjohnson1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    ive always heard to plant a few marigolds in the garden, aphids dont like em.
  6. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    As arizweedhead says, plant all the Marigolds you want, Geo. The chewing/sucking type insects won't like them, but the bees and other pollinators are not affected.:waving:

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