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Spring Planting For Allergy Sufferers

Spring Planting For Allergy Sufferers

You can still have a gorgeous backyard even without sneeze inducing flower beds. In fact, you can have all of the wonderful plant life that the season offers just in a hypoallergenic version. Here are two tricks to help those who suffer from allergies:

1. Combine Hardscaping Materials to Create Decorative Patterns
What’s missing from your outdoors when you suffer from allergies is color. By mixing and matching hardscape materials, you can come up with some colorful and creative ways to add beauty to your backyard without causing your allergies to go haywire. One tip is to move plants and flowers away from seating areas and windows in your backyard.

2. Find Hypoallergenic Plants and Trees</p
Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. Just because you are allergic to trees, grass, flowers and plants doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy them…no really. There are hypoallergenic versions of all of your favorite landscaping features. Here they are broken down for you.

Hypoallergenic Plants

Hydrangea come in pretty pastel pinks, blues, reds and whites. They can be used in planters or plant them as vines or as shrubs. Other vines and plants that are suitable for allergy sufferers include:

  • Bright Yellow Flowering Carolina Jessamine Vines
  • Ferns
  • Bougainvillea Vines
  • Hypoallergenic Flowers

Even if you suffer terribly from allergies, there are hypoallergenic flowers out there that you can plant and enjoy. Flower bulbs are your best choice because they are colorful and bloom during low pollen seasons. Some big flower bulbs to plant include:

  • Calla and Asiatic Lilies
  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Hyacinths
  • Crocuses
  • Dahlias

Hypoallergenic Shrubs

Bushes and shrubs are gorgeous accents to your landscaping. Now you can choose the types of shrubs that won’t give you itchy eyes and a watery nose. Remember to plant them on the edges of your yard away from where you will be seated to keep the pollen laden bugs away. Here are the types of shrubs for you:

  • Rose-of-Sharon
  • Dogwood Shrubs
  • Quinces
  • Butterfly Bushes
  • Cotoneasters
  • Rose Bushes (Just don’t sniff the roses)
  • Hypoallergenic Trees

Your backyard is not complete without at least one or two trees. But the prettiest trees always seem to produce allergy prone flowers. Not these trees:

  • Fir Trees
  • Cedars
  • Almond Trees
  • Dogwoods
  • Crape Myrtle Trees
  • Crabapple Trees
  • Magnolia Trees

And Fruit Trees like:

  • Peach Trees
  • Strawberry Trees
  • Avocado Trees
  • Apricot Trees
  • Pear Trees

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Screened Porches

Screened Porches

Pollen season will end soon! That means here in North Carolina, it’s time to enjoy spring weather — and what better place than on a lovely screened porch!

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