Plant Allergies and How to Manage Them

by Zoryana Rawlins 06/21/2019

If you have asthma or any allergies, the kind of flowers, plants, or trees that you plant in your garden must be considered seriously.

You need to find out a plant that is allergy friendly, that doesn't allow broad exposure of pollen. Plants release pollen into the air during different seasons, which can trigger your allergies. The best bet would be to avoid such type of plants.

Here are common garden allergies and how you can manage them.

Pollen Allergies 

 During pollen season, pollen travels through the air of which many gardeners are allergic. Before this monumental event, take allergy medicine, probably a week before the pollen season. It serves as proof!

Pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, etc.

Avoid being outside when pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, etc. are applied. You must not do the application yourself. Hire professionals and save yourself the stress and those allergic triggers.

Plant Allergies

Some plants cause more allergies compared to others. Meet an allergist who would help determine what plant triggers allergies. It will help avoid them. Your allergist can also help with expert advice and medication to alleviate allergic symptoms. 

Cleaning up after gardening 

Immediately after gardening, you have to make sure you wash your clothes, boots, gloves, even your hair. It will remove allergens trapped in there. Most of these triggers can be averted if personal hygiene is a priority. 

What to plant

The type of plants around your garden can make or mar you if you have allergies. That is why is it paramount that you choose plants that are unlikely to trigger any allergic reactions whatsoever. Some of those plants include;

  • Flowering plants like crocuses, begonias daffodils, daisies, geraniums, hostas, salvia, impatiens, irises, lilies, pansies, periwinkles, petunias, phlox, sunflowers, snapdragons and tulips
  • Grasses like St. Augustine
  • Shrubs like boxwood, azalea, hibiscus, and hydrangea
  • Trees like cherry, apple, dogwood, magnolia, plum, and red maple

Gardening is a fun activity, and as a gardener, you won't want anything to hamper your experience in any way. That is why you need to consider allergic triggers and eliminate them immediately, to avoid getting caught up.

Are you yet to know what gives you allergies? An allergist can help enlighten you, even recommend medicine and gardening practices that would be best. If you are serious about gardening, then book an appointment immediately.

About the Author

Zoryana Rawlins

Zoryana Rawlins is a highly motivated and self-driven REALTOR® who combines a love of the industry with a passion for constant learning and self-improvement. Before getting into the real estate business, Zoryana previously taught at ICA Language School and Foreign Service Institute of U.S. Department of State. She was a very responsible instructor and very attentive to the needs of her students. Her hard work and listening skills helped her students achieve high-level positions. As your real estate agent, Zoryana utilizes up-to-date technology tools to market your property, hosts your Open Houses, uses her negotiation skills to secure the best deal for you as well as smooth and flawless transactions that will ultimately achieve your satisfaction. Zoryana is active with Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. A lover of all things Virginia, Zoryana lives in Falls Church, Virginia, with her husband Michael, their son Roman and two adorable dogs Tuzik and Michiko.