Which plants do I plant to keep spring allergies from blooming?

You can have an allergic reaction to plants in one of three ways.

1. Eating foods like peanut butter or strawberry preserves that are made from plants.
2. Having direct contact from a plant such as poison ivy or thorny nettles.
3. Inhaling pollen and/or mold spores when plants are producing pollen.

The good news is that most plants with big, vibrant flowers do not usually produce pollen allergens. So go ahead and plant daffodils and impatiens. It’s the shade trees and shrubs that are the biggest pollen producers. Among the most notorious are certain cedars, maples, sycamores and elms. There are even cities who now have zoning ordinances to limit or eliminate the planting 0f said trees. However, even the pines and oaks can cause irritation. So let’s face it, to construct a list of allergen causing greenery that shouldn’t be planted is not very feasible.

If you do suffer from allergies it is best to follow a pollen tracker so that you can limit exposure and/or use an immune booster to help you fight allergy symptoms. But don’t wait until your allergies start!! Be pro-active and get a jump on your allergy meds before the pollen becomes an issue.
What else can you do to get ready for spring?

Don’t work in wet or damp soil. Dry soil will have less mold spores to contend with.
Don’t let the weeds grow. Pull them before they have a chance to bloom and produce pollen in the late summer and early fall.

After being outside always change your clothes and shower.

Leave your shoes at the door!

If grass allergies are an issue for you, contract a local yard service to keep your grass trimmed. If that is not an option, don a dust mask. Don’t walk across the freshly mowed lawn. Mow often and talked to your neighbors about keeping their grass cut short.

Pollen and mold spores are usually at their highest levels first thing in the morning and late in the afternoon so leave your yard work and neighborhood strolls until early afternoon or evenings.

These helpful hints will not eliminate your exposure to allergens but they may allow you to enjoy your garden and flowers with less sneezing and itchy eyes. So, plant those pansies but leave the juniper and holly shrubs out of your landscaping.