Grow Smart with These Easy Tips
1. Put Time on Your Side
Pollen counts vary during the course of the day, so try to get out when count is low outside. And be sure to check the local pollen forecast, so you can plan your gardening time when the is low.
2. Dress for Gardening Success
To help minimise your contact with pollen while gardening, wear an inexpensive painter’s mask, a hat, oversized glasses, gloves and long sleeves. And be sure to remove your clothes when you go inside to help keep pollen spores outside where they belong.
3. Put Down Allergy-Friendly Roots
Want a shady spot to read a book in your yard and manage your pollen allergies? Avoid planting trees that can aggravate allergies, such as white cedar, cypress, pine, olive, birch, oak, elm, maple, ash and alder. Instead, stick with species less likely to cause allergies, including lilly pilly, willow myrtle, coastal banksia, citrus or scribbly gum.
4. Be Picky with Plants
If you have a pollen allergy, avoid planting sunflowers, daisies and chrysanthemums. They’re all related to ragweed and are more prone to triggering pollen allergies. Instead, opt for flowers that produce little to no pollen, such as daffodils, impatiens, lilies, pansies, petunias, roses, snapdragons, tulips and zinnias. If you’re not sure what to plant, ask your local gardening centre before buying.
5. Love Your Lawn
Avoid common types of grass that produce more pollen spores and can trigger allergy symptoms, including Kentucky bluegrass, Timothy, Johnson, Bermuda, blue, orchard and sweet vernal grasses. Instead, try planting the female version of buffalo grass as it produces little to no pollen.
6. Lather Up
After gardening, take a shower to remove sticky pollen and mould spores from your skin and hair. If you don’t have time to shower, at least wash your face and hands and change your clothes.