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Top Tips For Low Allergy Gardening

06th June 2018

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Airborne allergies expert, keen gardener and creator of the HayMax organic allergen barrier balm, Max Wiseberg explains key pointers to help suffering growers…

Surprisingly, there are many ways to considerably reduce your hay fever in your own garden. Here are a few simple rules to follow:

One of the first rules to note is that female plant varieties are best. Male species are usually the pollen creators so avoid them if you can. Of course, you don’t usually find the plants in your garden centre marked male or female so how do you work out which is which? Well, very often the seedless or fruitless items in your garden centre will be the males which will happily produce loads of pollen, so avoiding seedless or fruitless varieties is probably a good start.

You can even get female grass now, which produces less pollen and also doesn’t need mowing as often.

Planting fruiting shrubs and trees can also have the added benefit of attracting birds into your garden. Although they will often eat the fruit before you get to it – they will also eat insects around your garden. This helps because insect dander is also bad for allergies.

Another good move is to go for double flowers. These often have petals instead of pollen parts. Double headed chrysanthemums are a great choice and there are many others. You can now also buy lots of pollen-free varieties.

Disease-ridden plants create all sorts of spores and allergens which will make the hayfever sufferer’s life a misery. So purchasing resistant varieties should further reduce the amount of allergens flying around your garden.

Keep out the uninvited! Gate crashing weeds will often turn into great pollen producers, so keeping these unwanted plants at bay should keep the sneezing down, too.

It is almost certainly better to avoid using chemicals and pesticides, as it has been claimed that exposure to these can often trigger allergic reactions in people who previously had no allergies.

Pollen is out in force in the mornings and the evenings, so try not to do your gardening at these times. If you are going to grow plants that produce lots of pollen, keep them away from the house, or at least away from windows that get opened, doorways, or ‘high traffic’ parts of your garden.

Finally, before you go out in the garden put on some HayMax organic allergen barrier balm, to trap the pollen before it gets in to your body. Less pollen, less sneezing –

About Max Wiseberg
Max Wiseberg is an expert in airborne allergies (including hay fever and dust, pet and mould allergies) and is a hay fever sufferer himself. He regularly writes in the press, for publications including Daily Mirror, Daily Express, The Sun, Sunday Mirror, Running Fitness, Health Food Business, The Practicing Midwife, Pharmacy magazines and Your Healthy Living and has appeared on BBC radio, many local radio stations, as well as The Chrissy B Show, Fitness TV and the Holiday & Cruise channel.


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