Springtime is on the way, and many people will be gearing themselves up to get out into the garden.
Now is the time to prepare our garden for the summer season, planting seasonal crops in readiness for the months ahead. It’s the time for our children to get outside after the colder months, to explore, play, and burn off energy. And it’s time to sit outdoors in the warmer weather, perhaps to relax with a good book and a glass of wine.
It’s the time for all of these things unless you are an allergy sufferer. If you’re somebody who is prone to allergy symptoms because of the high pollen counts at this time of year, you are more likely to stay indoors with the doors and windows firmly sealed for protection. Unless, of course, you consider the tips we have given you below.
- Consider artificial grass. 95% of hay fever sufferers are allergic to grass pollen, so while you might be resistant to replacing your grass with something artificial, when it comes to hay fever vs artificial grass, it might be a no-brainer. This is your way to reduce your allergy symptoms, and it will also give you the opportunity to enjoy your gardens again, without any nuisance coughs and sneezes.
- Time your garden activities. You don’t have to stay indoors all day, as generally speaking, pollen counts rise during the morning and peak around midday. If you want to enjoy your garden, you could time your activities for early morning and late afternoon and early evening, when in theory, the pollen counts should be at their lowest. This is all relative, as high winds could exacerbate the problem and keep the pollen count high, so use your common sense. If you’re unsure, check the pollen count for your area online.
- Choose your plants carefully. When you’re looking to purchase plants for your garden, be careful what you choose. These flowers and plants are particularly bad for people with allergies, so you may want to keep them to a minimum. Instead, choose those plants that don’t release airborne pollen, such as tulips, roses, and daffodils. Be careful where you place them too. Even those plants that are considered allergy-friendly can be problematic if placed indoors or near doors and windows, so place them in an area where you can still enjoy their beauty, but without the risk of any pesky pollen.
- Take precautions. You can reduce harm to yourself by taking allergy medications, so speak to your local pharmacist for advice. When you’re outside, wearing protective clothing such as a hat, sunglasses, and a long-sleeve t-shirt will go some way towards protecting you. Keen gardeners should also wear a face mask and a pair of gloves while working. And if you haven’t opted for artificial grass, be sure to mow your lawn regularly, and trim your hedges and bushes, as this way, you will reduce the amount of airborne pollen released into the air.
You can’t completely eliminate the risk of hay fever and other pollen-based allergies, but you can take steps to reduce it. Follow our suggestions, and hopefully, you will be able to fully enjoy your garden in the spring and summer months, whatever it is you like to get up to. Let us know your thoughts, and if you have any other tips, be sure to let us know.