These gardening tips and plants will not only beautify your landscape; they’ll keep your allergies to a minimum, letting you spend more time outside and less time sniffling and sneezing.
Tips for Gardening with Allergies
- Use oyster shells, gravel or plants as ground cover, instead of mulch. Mulch can retain moisture, encouraging mold growth.
- Cut grass at least 2 inches high to help collect pollen and prevent it from being picked up by the wind.
- Avoid planting hedges with long branches – they are pollen magnets and will collect passing particles, concentrating them in one area.
Best Plants for Allergy Sufferers
Tulips are robust, brightly colored flowers known for blooming in early spring. They’re widely considered to be hypoallergenic Most tulips are annuals and will need to be replanted every year. Plant them in areas that get full sun and plenty of moisture for best results.
Azaleas are part of the rhododendron family; however, they bloom only in the spring, while many rhododendrons are considered evergreen. By relying on insects for pollination, they release almost no pollen into the air, making them perfect for allergy sufferers. They require protection from midday sun and do great in highly acidic soils. Keep them moist and out of direct, sustained winds to keep them healthy.
These plants, despite being considered shrubs, will fill your landscape with beautiful flowers for most of the spring and summer. Studies have proven that these plants are safe for allergy sufferers. They grow quickly and are great for filling out empty spaces. Plant them in areas that have sunny mornings and shady afternoons, avoiding overly windy spots. They do best in areas with good drainage and lots of fertilizer.
Magnolia trees come in dozens of varieties and can be grown almost anywhere. They’re a dioecious species, which means that the female tree creates almost no pollen. They’ll bloom with flowers and then maintain large buds and leaves throughout the fall and winter. They grow best in well-drained areas with lots of sunlight and they’re great at tolerating hot summers.
Female Red Maple Trees
Red maple trees are ideal for creating shade and adding large statement pieces to your landscape. They’re similar to magnolia trees – only the male tree produces pollen. They do best when they get full sun and can tolerate areas with water buildup and acidic soil, making them ideal for almost any space in your yard.
Don’t let allergies keep you from enjoying your favorite outdoor activities. With some careful planning and considerate landscaping, you can have a beautiful outdoor living space where you can spend as much time as you want.