Tips for an Allergy-Free Garden

Many people enjoy the coming of Spring because the warmer weather, the freshness, and the blooming environment make them appreciate the beauty of nature. However, for people who suffer from allergies, blossoming flowers aren’t so beautiful when viewed from red, itchy eyes in between sneezes.

If you love to garden, but fear that you cannot do it because someone in your family has heavy allergies, think again.  Here are a few win-win solutions, for keeping your gardening allergy-free this spring:

  • Keep your garden a good distance from your windows and doors. And, as much as possible, keep flowers away from areas where your loved often pass or spend time. That way, they are less likely to come into direct contact with allergens and have a reaction.
  • Carefully choose which plants to grow.  Unfortunately, fragrant flowers often cause allergic reactions due to their strong scent, but you can still plant them and enjoy their fragrance as long as you position them in the center of your garden versus along the edge. Also, choose plants that are already a native to your area.  When plants require a lot of adjustment (i.e. acclimating an exotic plant to a new area), they often produce more pollen.  Native plants are already adjusted to your type of soil, so they require less maintenance and generally produce less pollen.
  • Select plants that are female.  Male plants and trees are pollen producers and, therefore, release more allergens into the environment. Female plants and trees, on the other hand, are not pollen producers, so they are more appropriate for an allergy-free garden. If you want a male plant, consider placing it away from your house.
  • Focus on plants that have shorter blooming times because they will release pollen for a shorter period of time than other, longer-blooming plants and, therefore, cause fewer allergies.
  • Make sure your plants are disease-free. Plant diseases such as black spots and rust can contaminate the air and cause allergies. If you see signs of possible plant disease, tend to it immediately.  Also research and choose plants that are more resistant to diseases.
  • Try not to use any artificial solutions on your plants. Artificial pesticides and fertilizers are not only harmful to your plants, but they also emit chemical vapors in the air that can harm the body when inhaled.
  • Allow birds and bees to stay in your garden because they pollinate your plants, which reduces pollen in the air.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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