So many people have turned to gardening as a new hobby during the coronavirus lockdown, and while it is a great pastime with so many benefits, for the 13 million hay fever sufferers in the UK, the spring and summer months can be a challenge.
Keeping the lawn short during the summer months helps to prevent the growth of lawn flowers and means less grass pollen is released into the air.
Flower diversity is important. Choose a range of blooms with different flowering months, for both biodiversity and long-lasting visual impact.
Pollen levels are at their highest in the morning, as they rise with the warming air, and again at the end of the day when it’s cooling down. Avoid gardening at these times if you suffer from hay fever. Stick to noon to 4 pm.
If you suffer from hay fever, avoid wind-pollinated crops such as sweetcorn and peas. Instead look to plant leafy greens and root vegetables, such as lettuce and beetroot.
Compost bins can act as a source of mould spores, which are even finer than pollen and hold the risk of reaching deep into the respiratory system. Keep the bins well away from seating areas and ensure you cover them up, as well as using gloves when handling them.
Make sure you keep your garden seating well away from the more allergenic pollen sources and any potential mould spores.
Choose beneficial blooms as generally what’s good for bees and other insects is good for us too. Prioritise insect-pollinated plants, many of which are bell, funnel or trumpet-shaped so that insects have to probe inside to reach the pollen.
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