Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Top 5 Plants That Keep Bugs Away from Your Hot Tub

Relax Without Any Pesky Disturbances

Spring is in full swing; plants are blooming, and bugs are buzzing. All this insect activity brings about the most invasive bug when it comes to relaxing in your own backyard, the mosquito. No one likes walking around their yard just to find they had been bit all around their legs and ankles; then feeling the urge to scratch the red bumps that begin to form in small circumferences. If this is not your idea of a good time, you’re in luck, as there are a few things that you can do to keep the bugs out of your backyard.
  The scented candles have not seemed to make much of a difference. However, my mosquito repellent oil egg has helped when standing nearby. If you have a gazebo or patio covering your hot tub, it would be easy to hang these above. Just fill them up with the oils it comes with and you are all set.
  As you may already know, don’t leave any standing water in your backyard. Water that pools around plants, sitting still from a bird bath, water dog bowl, etc. You don’t want to create a breeding ground for mosquitos.
 Having a fan on your patio is a good addition as mosquito's tend to stay away from the air moving about so fast. Blow the blood suckers away.
  Insect repellent applied to your skin, here’s a list that had a few promising one’s that are more natural than Deet.
 Arrange in-ground and or potted plants to surround your hot tub. Having plants that surround your patio and hot tub also help in fending off mosquito's and make your backyard look green and beautiful.
As we are spending more time at home it is easy to look at your backyard and become inspired. There are smaller sized plants that offer benefits of repelling insects and are great for putting in your garden. For the purpose of surrounding your hot tub oasis with plants that repel bugs, this list is focused on plants that grow a little larger to create fullness and some even add color.
 1.) Citronella- This plant grows to be large, even potted and as a bonus citronella blooms pink flowers.    

      2.) Rosemary- are great for keeping mosquitoes as well as cabbage moths and carrot flies away

 3.) Petunias- Require little maintenance, grow large flowers in many different color and wards off tomato hornworms, aphids, leafhoppers, squash bugs, and asparagus beetles.       

 4.) Geraniums- in particular Pelargonium citrosum is the type of geranium that is known to repel mosquitos.  They like sunny days and grow quickly. 

5.) Lavender- Mosquitos and flies are not a fan of lavender and they give off such a nice smell, who wouldn’t want to plant a few in the backyard?

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Relax

Staying home has changed our daily routines, but one thing remains the same, hot tub owners enjoying their hot tub. Every Day Made Better® is the mantra for HotSpring Spas for a reason. More quality time spent with family is made easier as children are continuing education online and parents are working from home.  The time spent in a hot tub without social media or our phones has brought about interesting conversations and better interactions with each other. Every day is a day to connect with your loved ones and now more than ever let's use this time to connect with your family.  

On the flip side of spending time together is taking a moment to hot tub alone. To be in your backyard surrounded by greenery, to let your mind float and relax. This is the ultimate “me” time as everyone else in your family are busy doing their thing. As you sit there in your hot tub it becomes easy to melt away the stress of all the anxiety from the news, social media or any other worries. For those who live on their own, add soaking in your hot tub as a daily part of your life. These are challenging times and a mood boost for any one of us is a huge positive. Be sure to take advantage of the endorphins released in our body from soaking in hot water. 

There are many health benefits to soaking in a hot tub, including reduced stress and pain, better circulation through your body, increased flexibility and even improved sleep. More research and studies show that soaking in hot water benefit our health. I might also add that while taking a bath is nice, it is sure way more convenient to not have to fill a tub up each time and save water by soaking in a hot tub. Simply slide into your hot tub that is already full of warm water, ready when you need it to relax and enjoy. 

Spending time exercising is also important for our health and wellness. There are endless exercise programs out there to make working out from home a cinch and can be done with little to no equipment. Take yoga for example; its a mind body experience that keeps your body moving and limber. Flexibility is important to prevent injuries for athletes all the way to maintaining strength and movement as we enter our senior years. Yoga along with hot tubbing help to increase flexibility and spending time in a hot tub even helps ease the pain for those who have arthritis

With your HotSpring Spa Every Day Made Better®