Green fingers, red noses?

Green fingers, red noses?

With the weather going from winter-like to showing us snippets of summer, it’s been extremely difficult to know when to get out in the garden and get it ready for summer.

Whether you have already got your planting done, or are still holding out, there is still a summer ahead to fill with grass cutting and garden maintenance.

To some this can sound like a chore, but for many gardening is incredibly therapeutic! Working outside in the sunshine, working with your hands, and seeing the results of your hard work immediately and over a prolonged time, and getting a great workout whilst you’re at it! No wonder so many people are taking to their gardens with secateurs and a brand new pair of gardening gloves!

Is the thought of getting out in the garden more daunting to you because of allergies? Are your dreams of the perfect garden thwarted by your dread of pollen?

Here are some of the best tips to help you minimise the side effects:

  • Choose bright and perfumed plants – Flowering plants are mostly pollinated by insects rather than the wind, as their pollen is too large to become airborne and cause your hay fever to flare up. The best examples of flowering plants are begonias, daffodils, daisies, crocuses, geraniums, impatiens, lilies, irises, hostas, petunias, pansies, snap dragons, sunflowers, periwinkles, phlox, salvia, and tulips.
  • Find out the gender of trees – When planting trees in your garden, choose female trees (also known as seedless or fruitless), as male trees produce the most pollen. Wise tree choices include; cherry, apple, dogwood, red maple, plum, and magnolia.  Try to avoid; ash, cedar, beech, maple, oak, cottonwood, walnut, olive and willow trees.
  • Choose plants from your local area – Native plants grow with less difficulty as they have adapted to the climate, whereas plants that have to struggle to adapt release more pollen.
  • Positioning high pollen plants – If you have picked trees or plants which produce a high level of pollen, it is best to place these in the areas furthest away from windows and doors, keeping your home as pollen-free as possible.
  • Times of day to garden – Pollen counts tend to be lower in the early morning and late evenings, so why not take that well earned break in the late morning and middle of the day?
  • Check the weather forecast – Dry and windy days tend to have a higher pollen count, and so are days to best avoid the garden.
  • Wearing protection – Wearing long sleeves, gloves and sunglasses, exposes a minimal amount of your skin to pollen, protecting yourself from hay fever symptoms.
  • Delegate grass cutting! – Grass cutting causes a large amount of pollen to become airborne, so best to outsource that task to a family member who doesn’t suffer from hay fever; or hire someone to do it for you.
  • Avoid touching your face – Even if wearing gloves, bringing your hands to your face and eyes will spread pollen directly into your system.
  • Don’t bring tools into the house – After gardening, it is best to leave all your tools outside in a shed, and discard of as much clothing; shoes, gloves, hats, sunglasses etc; as possible. Washing clothes as soon as possible and having a shower will remove pollen from your home.

To help you along with your gardening and minimise your hay fever reactions, Allersafe have a range of products designed to help you including:


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