How to create an allergy-friendly garden

If you suffer from hay fever or other allergies, then being out in the garden can, at times, be less than enjoyable. But there are some steps you can take to create an allergy-friendly garden so you can spend more time gardening and less time sneezing.

Allergy-friendly plants

Allergy-friendly plants

Trees

Apple

Crabapple

Cherry

Pear

Plum

Dogwood

Magnolia

Shrubs

Hydrangea

Azalea

Rhododendron

Viburnum

Boxwood

Hibiscus

Flowers

Daffodil

Tulip

Daisy

Geranium

Impatiens

Iris

Daylily

Pansy

Petunia

Rose

Sunflower

Zinnia

Plants to avoid

Herbs

Chamomile

Wormwood

Weeds

Pattersons Curse

Plantago or Asthma Weed

Shrubs and trees

Alder

Ash

Birch

Cypress

Elm

Liquidambar

Maple

Monterey Pine

Mesquite

Oak

Olive

Poplar

Privet

She Oak

Walnut

White Cedar

White Cypress / Murray Pine

Willow

 

There are some other steps you can take to make sure your allergy doesn’t flare up when you’re out in the garden:

• Avoid going outside on days when the pollen count is extremely high

• Don’t garden or mow the lawn when it’s really windy

• On cool, wet days the pollen count will generally be low

• Avoid cutting back trees and shrubs when they are in bloom

• Wear lightweight clothing that covers your arms and legs along with a hat and sunglasses to protect from flying pollen

• Keep your grass cut very low to inhibit seeds

An alternative to grass

Grasses and weeds can also trigger allergies so it might be worth considering a synthetic alternative. Synthetic or “fake grass” is not only allergy-free, it’s low maintenance, easy to install yourself and a great way to make sure you have green grass all year round.

Create your own allergy-friendly garden

While it’s hard to avoid everything that triggers your allergies and hay fever, creating an allergy-friendly garden will certainly help. Check out our huge range of plants to get started.

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