Spring-Time Gardening Tips For People With Allergies

Now that spring is officially here, more and more people are going outside to work in their garden. The warming temperatures and blossoming plant life offers the perfect opportunity for green thumbs to set up a garden. Whether you wish to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs or basic decorative plants, now is the time to do so.

However, there’s a downside to spring-time gardening: pollen. The characteristic yellow powder covering everything from your car windows to your driveway can trigger allergic reactions in some individuals. You may have develop water eyes, a runny nose, sneezing, itching and nasal congestion after being outside for just a couple of minutes.

Watch The Ragweed

One of the worst offenders when it comes to allergies is ragweed (genus Ambrosia). This diverse group of flowering plants is commonly found in both tropical and subtropical regions of the New World, and they are particularly plentiful in North America. Whether you live on the east coast, west coast or anywhere in between, there’s probably some ragweed plants around.

According to some estimates, up to half of all pollen-related allergies are caused by ragweed; therefore, you should try to limit – or completely eliminate them – from your garden. Some examples of ragweed plants include sunflowers, daisies, and chrysanthemums.

Limit Your Exposure

Limiting your exposure in the garden will also reduce the chance of an allergic reaction. Common sense should tell you that the longer you stay outside, the greater the chance of an allergic reaction. This doesn’t necessarily mean you should gear up in a dust mask every time you go into the garden, but you should limit your time spent here if you’re susceptible to pollen allergies.

Gardening at The Right Times

If you suffer from pollen-related allergies, you should avoid the garden between the hours of 3 am - 8 am, as this is when pollen count is the highest. Instead, try to go outside in the afternoon once it’s had time to settle. A nice spring rain will help wash pollen away.

Pollen-Free Plants
•Nikko Blue Hydrangea
•Golden Japanese Ogon Sedum
•Dragon’s Blood Red Sedum
•Lilium Stargazer
•Hardy Banana Musa
•Black Mondo Grass
•Achillea Moonshine
•Easy Cherry Pie Rose
•Sonic Bloom Pearl
•Tuscan Blue Rosemary
•Summer Shandy Humulus
•Hibiscus Ardens Shrub
•Hardy Hibiscus Aphrodite Shrub
•Gaillardia Burgundy
•English Ivy
•Becky Shasta Daisy
•Russian Sage