Less Allergenic Gardening

 

    Star-Tip 1014

Gardening Tips for successful and beautiful Landscapes and Gardens

 

Plants that are insect pollinated are usually considered safer for allergic individuals. These plants are usually very colorful or fragrant. The following trees and shrubs have been found to be less allergenic to most individuals.

 

Some Good Guys!

 

Trees

Apple
Cherry

Crabapple
Dogwood

Fir

Hawthorn

Hope Chestnut

Magnolia

Pear
Plum
Tulip tree

 

Flowers and Shrubs

Azalea
Begonia
Bougainvillea
Cacti
Clematis
Columbine
Coneflower
Crocus
Daffodil
Daisy

Dusty Miller
Geranium

Gladiola
Hibiscus

Hollyhock
Hosta
Hyacinth
Hydrangea

Impatiens
Iris
Irish moss

Larkspur
Lavender
Lilac

Lily
Narcissus
Orchid
Pansy
Periwinkle

Petunia
Phlox
Poppies

Ranunculus

Redbud
Roses

Snapdragon
Sunflower
Tulip
Verbena
Vinca
Violet
Yucca
Zinnia

Source: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

 

 

The plants listed above are “GENERALLY” less likely to cause allergic reactions. Everyone has differing sensitivities, and some of these plants may not be right for you!

 

It is not possible to completely avoid pollen, unless perhaps, you blast off on the space shuttle, or take a very long ocean voyage. If you have a sneeze-inducing plant in your yard, try hosing it off daily during its pollinating season, to wash the pollen off the tree and into the ground. Wear a mask when working around pollinating trees and shrubs, and if your allergy is really bad, wear long sleeved shirts and long pants, and wash them (and you!) when you're done. And finally, save up your money and see an allergy specialist. He (or she) can tell you exactly what you are reacting to, as well as prescribe medicines that help fight the symptoms which make us all so miserable.

 

Caution and Careful Planning can Reduce Reactions

 

The most common outdoor allergen is pollen. In our gardens and yards, trees, grasses and weeds are responsible for most allergies. They have smaller, dry pollens that float through the air. Plants with bright flowers attract bees and other insects to carry away their larger, waxy pollen

Most plants release pollen in the early morning, between 5 and 10 am, so avoid gardening activities during these hours. By late afternoon, pollen is higher in the sky but there may be more of it.

 

Allergy sufferers should avoid the following:

TREES:

GRASSES & WEEDS:

Alder

Maple (male)

Bermuda Grass

Ash (male)

Mulberry

Castor Bean

Aspen

Oak

Fescue

Beech Birch

Russian Olive

Johnson

Box Elder

Pecan

June Grass

Cedar

Pine

Kentucky Bluegrass

Cottonwood

Poplar (male)

Lamb's Quarters

Cypress

Privet (male)

Perennial Rye

Elm

Sycamore

Redtop

Hickory

Walnut

Saltgrass

Juniper

Willow (male)

Sweet Vernal

Source: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

 

 

Careful and patient selection of your shrubs and trees, as well as prudent timing for your activities can go a long way towards a happier and healthier you!

 

 

 

 

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