Allergy Free Gardening Tip Sheet - KXXV Central Texas News Now

Allergy Free Gardening Tip Sheet

Although gardening can be a source of beauty and relaxation, it may contain triggers that flare up asthma and allergy symptoms.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when gardening:

  • If you have high-pollen producing plants, keep them away from home doors, windows or high-traffic areas.
  • Wear a pollen mask and gloves to limit exposure.
  • Avoid touching your face and eyes while working outdoors.
  • Rain showers can temporarily clear pollen from the air, but brief thunderstorms can actually increase pollen counts.
  • Wash hands often and rinse eyes with cool water after coming indoors to remove clinging pollen.
  • Native plants are already adapted to a climate and are often easier to grow since they do not require extensive watering, fertilizer or pesticides.
  • Bright, colorful plants often are insect-pollinated, producing pollens that are larger, sticker and heavier. These pollens, which are carried by insects and animals from plant to plant are much less likely to cause an allergic reactions.
  • Depending on where you live, the pollen season usually lasts from March to October with most plants having the same pollination period each year. Disease-resistant plants are less likely to produce mildew, rust and black spots, which can cause allergies.

(Source: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 2004.)

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