While we all may love to get our hands dirty gardening every year, we can’t say the same about the allergies that come along with the job. Taking care of the yard can induce everything from hay fever to asthma, which is why we’ve put together a ‘how to’ guide when it comes to creating a low-allergen garden. Now, with this tool, you can save yourself from months of misery.
1. Stay away from wind-pollinated plants
The pollen that comes off of these plants are so tiny and light, that they can easily be inhaled, causing your allergies to go out of whack. Even a lot of the most common trees are wind-pollinated, such as the ash, birch, hazel, oak, sycamore, willow, and yew. This is why we suggest you grow insect-pollinated plants instead since they produce a heavier pollen that actually sticks to the pollinator and doesn’t become airborne.
2. Get rid of the grass
Plain and simple, grass is bad news for those with allergies. That’s because it’s wind-pollinated, so the particles are easily swept up in the air and down into our lungs. This is why we recommend that you grow airy, see-through plants instead, like the Gillenia trifoliata, Gaura lindheimeri and Verbena bonariensis. They provide the same kind of movement and texture as grass, but won’t throw your allergies for a complete whirlwind. Besides these plants, you can also choose to use paving, decking or gravel. In fact, it will even save you many hours of mowing.
3. Garden early in the day
Many people like to do their gardening at night, but this is actually the worst time for those dealing with allergies. Throughout the morning, convection currents carry pollen grains up into the clouds. Then, as the temperature goes down, the pollen grains fall back into the air, leaving you feeling miserable.
4. Use water that trickles and doesn’t spout
Even though it doesn’t seem like it would, water can actually cause your allergies to act up. That’s because fountains create air currents that cause pollens to rise up and disperse into the air. Therefore, when you use water in the garden, stick to one where the water trickles out smoothly over the area.