Our guide to hayfever friendly gardening

Naturally, it’s human nature to want something we can’t have. I can’t count the number of times I’ve walked past someone’s garden and thought ‘I wish I could have a garden like that’. It’s just another one of those things hayfever sufferers miss out on.

It turns out there are lots of options out there for hayfever sufferers. There are just a few things you need to remember.

  1. The first rule is trust your body and your instincts.

If a flower or plant has a strong fragrance then you may need to remove it from your garden. If you’re too attached, consider moving it to a place where it’s not near any doors or windows.

  1. Patience pays off!

Check the weather or pollen count before you start gardening. If it’s windy or a high pollen day then it might be worth leaving your gardening for another day. That way you can enjoy your time in the sun. To be careful, make sure you wear a disposable mask and sunglasses to prevent yourself from breathing in pollen and getting it in your eyes.

  1. Think twice

It may be time to think twice about what grass you have. If you have bad allergies or hayfever, consider replacing your grass with low or non-pollen grass. You could even consider slow growing grass because some grasses can be cut before they release pollen and this way the grass won’t need to be mowed as frequently. Grass pollen is one of the worst triggers for hayfever in summer.

  1. Females are easier

Did you know that there are male and female plants? Female species are a better option for hayfever sufferers as male species are said to release more pollen.

  1. Native Australian plants are the best

When you are choosing the perfect plants for your garden, remember to stay clear from those that are wind pollinated. These plants release pollen grains that your body is highly sensitive to. Instead, pick plants that are pollinated by insects and birds because they don’t release pollen into the air. Lucky for us, most native Australian plants are pollinated by insects and birds.

  1. Grooming

Unfortunately, if you want that beautiful garden, you’re going to have to do some weeding.

  1. Enjoy the view

Let’s face it, the point of having plants in your garden is because they’re nice to look at and they can complement your home. Here are my top picks for the prettiest low-pollen plants:

  • Azaleas
  • Irises
  • Tulips
  • Snapdragons
  • Hyacinths
  • Roses
  • Daffodils
  • Orchids

(Photo credit: Flickr photo by Proflowers)

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