Gardening With Allergies

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June 22, 2006

Gardens should be a respite from the stresses of everyday, but for gardeners who suffer from hay fever and other allergies, certain plants and weather conditions can make gardening more miserable than tranquil. Here are some tips to help make your time gardening relaxing and sneeze-free.


Pollen Isn't the Only Problem

Pollen plays a big role in triggering allergies, but despite its bad reputation, it can't take all the credit for causing sneezing and wheezing among allergy sufferers. Grasses, for example, including those that make up your lawn, are generally thought of as major pollen producers. This is especially true of the big ornamental grasses grown for their flower heads. Constant mowing keeps most of the grasses in our lawn from reaching flowering size, but mowing causes its own problems. When grass blades are cut, some grasses release a chemical called coumarin that triggers allergic reactions.

Dust is another big source of allergens. Some trees and plants bear foliage that tends to gather and trap a lot of dust. When these trees and plants are disturbed by wind, large quantities of dust are released.

Molds are stem-less, microscopic fungi-related to mushrooms. Most of us have heard about the danger of indoor mold, but outdoor mold can be a big problem, too. Mold spores are transmitted through the air like pollen. Unlike pollen, which is most prevalent in the spring and fall, mold spores can remain present throughout the year.


Several plants contain volatile oils or saps that on contact, may cause susceptible individuals to break out in a rash

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