Every year it happens. Spring has sprung, and so have your seasonal allergies. Many believe that pollen is blowing around everywhere, and their suffering is inescapable. Fortunately, that’s not exactly true. The closer you are to a pollen-producing plant or tree, the more likely you are to be affected by it. In fact, research shows that with most trees, the largest amount of pollen falls and lands within 30 feet of the tree.
This means that you can make your property a haven for allergy sufferers by simply choosing items for your landscape that are considered “allergy (and asthma) free.” Here are 5 tips for making choices that will keep your staff and customers healthy and happy:
- Select trees that do not produce windblown pollens. Some good examples are avocado, magnolia and crape myrtle.
- Skip decorative grasses, and plant pollen-free hybrid lawn-grasses.
- In lieu of additional plants, add color to hardscapes.
- Find floral solutions where the pollen is deep within the flower and very sticky. These flowers are pollinated by insects, rather than the breeze. Examples include carolina jessamine, hydrangea, and roses.
- Know your vines. Bougainvillea is a great choice for allergy-sufferers and grows very well in South Florida.