Avoid Any Kinds of Allergens While Gardening With These Ways
Seasonal allergies can happen during many different times of the year. One way to avoid seasonal allergens is by staying indoors, but who wants to do that? You have flowers to care for and vegetables to grow!
Gardening is an enjoyable hobby which produces tasty fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers for your yard. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, however, you are probably constantly looking for ways to enjoy your favorite hobby without suffering. Here are five tips that you can use to help reduce your seasonal allergy symptoms while still doing your gardening.
- Be aware of the pollen count. The pollen count is usually found printed in the daily newspaper and also on online or TV weather reports. It will tell you how much and what types of pollen are likely to be especially high that day. If you know what types of pollen trigger your allergies, this gives you a good idea of what to expect that day in terms of allergy symptoms. If a type of pollen to which you are particularly sensitive is going to be high, you might want to put off your gardening for the day. Find ways to shorten the time you spend outside on high pollen days. Maybe your weeding can wait until tomorrow, or do your watering more quickly.
- Garden later in the day. The worst time of day for pollen counts, and therefore allergy symptoms, is in the morning. It is generally from sunrise, about 5 A.M. in the spring and summer, until around 10 A.M. If you suffer from severe allergy symptoms, it might be worth dealing with the heat while you garden after lunch. You can help yourself deal with the heat later in the day by wearing lighter colored clothing. Drink more water as well, so that you don’t get dehydrated. Using this trick in the spring or fall is better than using it for those who suffer from summer allergies, since it won’t get as hot later in the day.
- Choose allergy-friendly plants for your garden. There are certain types of plants which cause more allergy symptoms than others. This is because they produce more pollen, or small pollen grains which are more likely to become airborne. Many of these allergy-friendly species are gardener-friendly as well. They include apple trees and pear trees if you like to grow fruit. If you are interested in flowering plants, you could grow lilacs, dogwoods, and zinnias.
- Consider wearing a mask. A breathing mask can filter the pollen out of the air and prevent it from causing symptoms. For those with severe allergies combined with other breathing problems such as asthma or COPD, a breathing mask can be the difference between enjoying your garden and sitting indoors during gardening weather.
- Store your gardening clothes in a confined area. Clothing and shoes that you wear out in the garden are contaminated with outdoor pollen. Keeping those items stored in a contained area will keep the pollen from contaminating the rest of your home as well. This means that you won’t be exposed to the allergens while inside your home, only while you are outside in your garden.
Seasonal allergies are a terrible thing, especially for those who enjoy outdoor activities such as gardening. While you want to spend time outside in your garden, caring for your flowers and plants, you are also dealing with the symptoms of your seasonal allergies. Thankfully, by using these simple tips you can avoid many of the issues involved with seasonal allergies while gardening.