Vickie
Vickie
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Asked on Jun 20, 2013

Allergies

VickieBarb RosenDouglas Hunt
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We are building a new home and will be doing the landscaping. The older I get the more allergies I seem to get as well. Are there any plants or grass that are good for people like me? I wish I could tell you exactly what sets me off but it seems to be everything.
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  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jun 20, 2013

    I would stay away from grasses, unless it is one that doesn't go dormant or have noticeable flowers, or that you have to mow to maintain, such as mondo grass.Look for plants that are leafy without significant blooms, such as Cast Iron Plant for the shady area. Creeping Jenny could be used as a ground cover because it doesn't bloom profusely. Trees that have heavy seed bloom pods such as a Japanese Maple,might also be acceptable. You maybe able to use Yucca Plant for a sun location, not sure about the pollen on that one though.

  • Vickie
    on Jun 20, 2013

    Thanks Donna for the advice. That's a great start for me. I appreciate you taking the time to respond.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 21, 2013

    WebMD has a list of the best and worst plants for allergies here: http://www.webmd.com/allergies/best-worst-plants

  • Vickie
    on Jun 21, 2013

    Oh, my word Douglas. What a wealth of information. Between you and Donna I've got a good start to being able to sit outside and enjoy the yard. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jun 21, 2013

    hmm... @Douglas Hunt , some of the plants on the list seem to be suspect to me, but I am no allergist....

  • Vickie
    on Jun 21, 2013

    This brings up another question. How do you know a male plant from a female plant?

  • Anna Ibarra
    on Jun 22, 2013

    I finally went to an allergist, and now I am on allergy shots. I am NOT staying away from gardening, or yard now that I have planted roots!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 22, 2013

    That depends on the plant, Vickie. Sometimes there are actually different names for the male and female plants, sometimes you have to buy them when they have berries on them since females produce berries.

  • Vickie
    on Jun 22, 2013

    I'm glad that the shots are working for you Anna. I'm trying to control mine as naturally as possible. I think if I follow the advice given by Douglas and Donna I'll have a fighting chance. I was shocked yesterday to find out why my allergies were really kicking in. It appears that the Sahara dust storms from Africa were over our area.

  • Barb Rosen
    on Jun 22, 2013

    @Vickie ~ for plant allergies (which, ironically, I have too!) I use the homeopathic strategy of using local raw honey every day. Daily exposure to local pollens in the honey is supposed to build your tolerance. It seems to be working for me!

  • Vickie
    on Jun 22, 2013

    Thanks Barb for the confirmation. I, too, use honey every day in my morning tea.

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