Gardening With Allergies
21 tips for flower lovers everywhere.
21 Tips for Gardening With Allergies continued...
6. Many flowering bushes and trees -- roses, azaleas, dogwoods, plums,
Bradford pears, crepe myrtles, and Japanese cherry -- don't release much
pollen. So these are less likely to cause an allergy problem when planted in a
yard. Just don't plant them under a bedroom window -- or you could have a
7. Window screens won't protect you from pollen. Pollen grains are tiny
compared to the screens' holes. You may have to remove an offending plant if
it's a problem.
More on trees...
8. Yews are popular evergreen landscape trees and shrubs. It's used in
chemotherapy (in the breast cancer drug Taxol). If yews are planted near
windows, it's best to take them out. (Female yew trees have bright red berries
-- and are harmless.)
9. The evergreen shrub Ligustrum (or privet) is in the olive family
and is known to produce potent pollen. If this shrub is planted at your house's
foundation, prepare for a pollen blast.
10. Japanese boxwood and Abelia shrubs produce lots of pollen. Keep
them closely clipped, and you'll have fewer pollen problems.
11. Burning bush (also known as summer cypress or Kochia) is one of
the great beauties of autumn, turning a vibrant scarlet. But beware! It's in
the tumbleweed family and is a notorious pollen producer.
12. Remove any dying shrub or tree. You'll protect yourself from the highly
allergenic insect dander that predatory insects generate, as well as
13. Native shrubs, trees, and flowers are well-adapted to your region. They
will thrive in your yard without much attention. But if that plant was grown
from a cutting, it's likely male -- and will produce pollen. If it was grown
from seed, there's a 50-50 change it's female.
14. Healthy female shrubs draw songbirds, even hummingbirds. Check your
local nursery for berry-producing female shrubs. (Male shrubs provide no
15. The pollen from some trees -- like olive and ash trees -- is more potent
compared to other trees. It doesn't take much to produce a big allergic
reaction. You probably don't want these in your yard.
16. Birches, alders, and oaks have both male and female organs on the same
tree. (They're called monoecious plants.) But they still shed lots of pollen in
17. In times of stress and drought, a tree will produce more pollen than
usual. In heavily populated areas -- with high pollution and carbon dioxide
levels in the air -- many trees are releasing pollen more than once a
Essentials about your lawn...
18. A healthy green lawn is a very effective pollen trap. The grass traps
the sticky pollen, which washes down into the roots and soil when watered.
19. Bermuda grass produces highly allergenic pollen. When the grass is
stressed, it produces more pollen. Keeping it well fertilized and watered keeps
pollen under control.