Your home is your castle -- except when you’re allergic to it. A recent
nationwide survey found that over half of all Americans test positive for at
least some allergens, and many of these are indoor allergies such as dust,
mold, and pet dander.
How can you allergy-proof your home to make it a refuge, not a source of
sneezes? Take a tour of your house from room to room, find out where the
allergens are lurking, and get relief from indoor allergies.
Go for plants with bright, aromatic flowers. In general, flowering plants are pollinated by insects, not the wind. Their pollen is usually too big to get in the air and cause allergy symptoms.
Choose native plants. They're easier to grow, because they're already adapted to the climate. Nonnative plants are more likely to struggle -- and stressed plants tend to release more pollen.
Ask for female trees. It might sound strange, but most pollen comes from male trees. They're sometimes advertised as "seedless" or "fruitless." To breathe easier, plant a female tree that won't release pollen.
Remove high-pollen plants and trees from your yard. At the very least, keep them far away from windows and doors, so their pollen doesn't get inside. Bear in mind this won't protect you from pollen from your neighbors' trees.
Looking for specifics about what to plant? Good choices include: