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.
- 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.
- Use low allergen mulch instead of compost where possible.
- 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.
- Avoid privet hedging.
- Avoid using ferns in the garden as the spores can affect people.
- 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.
- Wood preservatives can cause a range of problems for people with allergies.
- Use water based wood preservatives but treat these with respect also.
- Compost should be kept covered to reduce mould spores.
- Keep pots of paints, canisters, wet wellies, wet mops, all away from the house, to eliminate as many chemicals & damp going into the home.