Are you ready to enjoy your garden this summer without the sniffles? Allergy sufferers can’t just take allergy medicine and ignore the problem. The most effective way to manage your allergies is through careful planning, so here are some tips for creating an allergy-friendly backyard:
- reduce or eliminate grass from your yard. If you have a large grass area, consider replacing it with ground cover or other plants that require less water and fertilizer.
- plant trees like elms and maples that provide shade without having a lot of pollen in the air during spring bloom time. If there aren’t enough deciduous trees where you live, try planting some shrubs instead—the point is that they should be flowering shrubs (as opposed to evergreens).
- keep weeds out of sight by mulching them below ground level using wood chips or another type of mulch material. Regular bark chippings may contain mold spores that could trigger an allergic reaction when touched by bare skin after a rainstorm has washed away some soil from above them underneath those layers upon layers.
Choosing the Right Plants for Your Yard
To keep your allergies at bay and enjoy the outdoors without sneezing, you need to choose the right plants for your yard. Avoid plants that cause allergies. Some of these include:
- cactus (e.g., prickly pear)
- ivy (e.g., English ivy)
- magnolia tree
- rosemary shrub
- lavender plant
Invite the Birds
Birds are a great way to keep pests away. They eat pollen, insects, and other food sources that can harm your lawn. Birds also serve as an indicator of the health of your property; if you see birds in your yard, it means that all is well.
Start small—put up bird feeders. Depending on how fancy one you want, you can get them at any pet store or hardware store for about $10-$20 (there are lots!). Once those are set up and filled with birdseed every week, wait for nature to take its course! In no time at all—possibly even just days—birds will come flocking back into your life as if nothing had ever happened between then and now (except for maybe some dust)
Leave it Be
- leave your lawn alone.
- If you want to use compost instead of chemicals for fertilizing plants in pots or raised garden beds, by all means, do so! But first, check with an expert about how much compost should be added once a week for each type of plant you have planted in those containers; different species require different amounts of fertilizer based on how quickly their roots grow out from the pot itself into surrounding soil layers below ground level—it may vary between just 1/4 inch per year up until 2-3 feet deep over time depending upon whether they are evergreen shrubs versus deciduous trees versus annual flowers like marigolds which bloom only once per year before dying back completely after flowering season ends–so keep this information handy as well when choosing what kind of plants will thrive best within each type when planning strategically ahead confidently knowing exactly what needs doing next time around!
Reposition your Sprinklers
If you’re allergic to pollen, it’s essential to recognize where your allergies are coming from. Pollen is carried by wind and can be blown into the backyard. Even small amounts of pollen can make you feel terrible, so it’s always good to get out of the way of those allergens!
If there are sprinklers in your yard, they should be pointed away from your house, where most people spend most of their time (and, therefore, they will likely hang out while enjoying their backyard). They also need to be pointed away from where you spend some time – such as a garden or patio – because these areas tend to accumulate more grass clippings than others. Finally, sprinklers should not be directed toward other people who may come over for parties or barbecues; this includes anyone who has a sensitivity or reaction when exposed directly (such as those with asthma).
Install a Waterfall or Pond in your Garden
While ponds can be beautiful, you should also be aware that they can attract mosquitoes. If this is a concern for you, try to find out what attracts mosquitos and avoid that while designing your pond. Some homeowners choose to live in areas where there isn’t any water available. That’s why installing a waterfall or pond in your garden can be a great idea! These water features can also help minimize surrounding pollen.
Learn What You Can Do to Make Your Backyard More Allergy Friendly!
When you think of the backyard, what comes to mind? Is it a place where you can spend time with family and friends? A space for quiet reflection? A place where your kids can play and run around without any worries. Whatever your answer is, we must take care of our planet as much as possible, so our children have clean air and water to drink. So now that you know how to create an allergen-free yard go out there and do it!
- choose plants that are low in pollen. Some of the best flowers for the allergy-prone garden do not produce much (or any) pollen at all: gerbera daisies, zinnias, and other flowering annuals, winter and spring-blooming bulbs like daffodils and tulips, and many ornamental types of grass are all excellent choices.
- keep the area around your house clean! Pollen tends to blow into our yards from neighboring trees, so keep your yard tidier than others by making sure there aren’t any leaves or other debris lying around after a storm—and if you have time, sweep up any fallen tree branches; as well! Your neighbors may not be willing to do this themselves, but they’ll appreciate it if you do it for them!
- choose plants that aren’t in bloom during allergy season (usually April through June). If possible, try planting some low-pollen perennials instead: irises (Iris florentina), hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla), heucheras (Heuchera spp.), bleeding hearts (Dicentra spectabilis)
Don’t let allergies keep you away from your beautiful backyard. There are plenty of steps you can take to create an allergy-friendly garden of your own. You’ll feel better this summer and be able to enjoy your outdoor space with friends and family once again. At Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates of Central Florida, our allergy specialists can help you breathe easy this summer! Contact us today to set up an appointment for allergy testing and get a personalized treatment plan.