10 Ways to Reduce Garden Allergies
CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLANTS
Brighter flowers with low allergy ratings (like roses) have the most visual impact and cause the least allergens.
KEEP SOME DISTANCE
Plant your garden away from doors and windows to reduce the amount of pollen that sneaks into your house.
TIME YOUR APPROACH
The time of day that you work in your garden can make a difference. Generally, the pollen count is lower later in the afternoon. Cooler, windless days are also a good bet for lower pollen counts, too.
DRESS THE PART
Wear gardening clothes to help keep pollen off your skin. Gloves, sunglasses and a mask could also help. When you’re done, take off your gardening clothes so you don’t track pollen indoors.
It may not sound glamorous, but mulching reduces weeds, a huge source of pollen. Choose a mold-resistant mulch like gravel or recycled rubber.
CONSIDER YOUR TREES
Spring is the worst season for tree pollen. If this is a trigger for you, consider removing some of the offending male trees. Better yet, add female trees, which attract pollen in the air.
KEEP PETS POLLEN-FREE
Try to keep your pets away from pollinating plants or trees. Pollens may stick to their fur when they are playing in the grass or just resting under a tree. So be sure to wipe off your furry friends before they come indoors.
JUST ADD (ENOUGH) WATER
Your plants need water to grow, but too much can leave them susceptible to allergy-producing molds. Don’t overwater, and remove any standing water that could worsen the problem.
LOVE YOUR LAWN
A non-blooming grass may trap pollens but only if it is healthy and well maintained. Keep grass well watered and well trimmed for the best results.
TRACK YOUR SYMPTOMS
Your allergies can change with the seasons. As your garden blooms, keep track of your symptoms. If you notice that they change, adjust your strategy as needed.
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Take a shower and wash your hair immediately after gardening to avoid spreading the pollen throughout your home.