Landscapes for the Highly Allergic

From on April 15, 2008 in Landscaping

There are few people who don’t love the look of a luscious green yard spotted with colorful flowers. Unfortunately, there is one group of people who just can’t bear to be around pollinating plants, and would just as soon live in the Sahara desert than have to put up with their chronic allergies. Some people are simply miserable in the spring and summer months, and only find relief through allergy shots or strong medication. For some, especially children, asthma presents a grave health risk. This is no way to live, and there are methods and plants you can work with to at least reduce the pollens in your own yard. Here are some of them. The first tip is to use as many female plants as possible. The female plant releases a positive electrical impulse that will attract and neutralize the negatively charged airborne pollen from male plants and trees of the same species. If you plant these plants around the perimeter of your property, you can stop many types of pollen in their tracks before they reach you. Biodiversity is another important concept. Studies show that after time, you can develop allergies to pollens that you are exposed to in high concentrations. If you have several of the same plants in your yard, you will be exposed to a high amount of that same pollen, increasing your risk of developing allergies to that specific plant. Another method to control allergens is to keep your trees and plants clean and healthy. Insect infestation allows for mold spores to take hold within the tree. These tiny spores become airborne and are a major allergy causer. =Proper upkeep and care of your trees can help reduce the growth of these spores. “Allergy-Free Gardening,” written by Thomas Ogren, is a book that lists and ranks over 100 allergy-reducing plants that are available for the increasing demand for allergy-free landscapes. Before your landscaping contractor begins work, discuss what options are available for your climate.