Garden

Everyone loves to be in the garden on a sunny day, but for those with allergies it can make gardening or just relaxing, a miserable time.  Find out what you can do to avoid your triggers.

Explore the garden below to see the allergy hotspots.Explore House below

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Clothes line

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  • If you are a hayfever sufferer make sure that you do not dry your clothes outside during high pollen times especially early morning and early evening.

Mulch

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  • Use low allergen mulch instead of compost where possible.

Grass

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  • Consider replacing grass with pebble/shingle or decking.
  • Another alternative to grass is the artificial turf used on tennis courts/football field.
  • If keeping grass, cut the lawn often and keep it short to prevent it producing flowers.
  • Do not use a strimmer as these can cause sap to fly up onto the skin.
  • Do not leave grass cuttings on the lawn.

Green plants

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  • Avoid privet hedging.
  • Avoid using ferns in the garden as the spores can affect people.

Flowers

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  • Avoid plants with hairy stems or leaves i.e. Geranium, Iris, Clematis
  • Plant low allergen plants such as non -scented honeysuckle. Rose, lavateria, Mahonia, Cotoneaster, Rhododendron, Skimmia, Spirea, Syringa, Ribes.

Fencing

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  • Wood preservatives can cause a range of problems for people with allergies.
  • Use water based wood preservatives but treat these with respect also.

Compost heap

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  • Compost should be kept covered to reduce mould spores.

Shed

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  • Keep pots of paints, canisters, wet wellies, wet mops, all away from the house, to eliminate as many chemicals & damp going into the home.
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