Preparing in advance may help make summertime in the yard more comfortable. Planting herbs and flowers that are known to repel mosquitoes could mean fewer bites.
Marigolds are used as companion plants for tomatoes. These flowers also have a scent mosquitoes do not like. Plant marigolds along the edges of the yard, around a patio, or in containers that you can move to where you need them.
Citronella grass, just like citronella candles, are beautiful and helpful in keeping mosquitoes at bay.
Herbs including basil, catnip, lemon balm, rosemary, lemon thyme, peppermint and lavender also repel mosquitoes.
Wiping lemon balm, catnip or mint on the skin can provide additional protection.
Plus, the flowers pretty up the yard, and herbs like rosemary, lavender, basil, and peppermint can add some flavor to family meals, indoors or out.
Ed. Note: Updated March 1, 2016, with photo.