Gardening With Allergies
21 tips for flower lovers everywhere.
21 Tips for Gardening With Allergies continued...
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.
20. Buffalo grass is drought tolerant, and the female version produces no
pollen. Ask a landscaper about using buffalo grass.
21. Dandelions are insect-pollinated, so they're not considered an allergy
problem. But let your yard go "natural," with lots of dandelions and
whatever else appears, and you'll really have something to sneeze at.