Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the makers of REACTINE®. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
You can’t even imagine how excited I am that the snow is gone. Spring is my favourite time of year, the time for rebirth and renewal. The grass is turning green, the trees are starting to bud and the days are warming up. Life is great! I really enjoy getting outside after being cooped up all winter and going outdoors to poke around in the gardens is a great way to de-stress. Gardening is actually very good therapy for what ails you. It can even be great exercise if you’re shoveling, bending and stretching. Spending the day outside in the fresh air and sunshine can do the body good. It’s all fun in the sun until you start sneezing and itching, and believe me this is already happening. Gardening with allergies is no fun but by following a few gardening tips and a 24 hour allergy relief medication such as Reactine® you can make it a lot more enjoyable.
Staying indoors and not gardening is certainly not an option, well not for me at least. I want to be outside planting flowers and cleaning up the yard, I just don’t want the symptoms to make me miserable after. So these are a few tips I have come to learn about and they help me with avoiding seasonal allergies.
When you are out gardening, try of avoid pollen. You know the green stuff that’s all over your patio furniture and stick to the windows? That is your culprit, and it’s caused by a male tree. The male trees are a lot easier to clean up after but you suffer from the pollen they producde. So when you are planning your garden, keep in mind the trees that produce seeds and fruit, although messier for yard clean up, are the female trees and they don’t produce pollen. Plant more females trees and you will definitely be breathing easier.
Have you been planting your own ragweed? If you plant sunflowers, daisies, and chrysanthemums then you are because they’re all related to ragweed. If sunflowers are a favourite, look for hypoallergenic sunflower seeds. The plants that come from them won’t produce pollen. As for mums and daisies, you’ll have to forego them or keep them to a minimum.
Consider planting flowering shrubs and trees such as roses, azaleas, dogwoods, plums, Bradford pears, crepe myrtles, and Japanese cherry, they don’t release a lot of pollen. So these are less likely to cause an allergy problem when planted in a yard.
Keeping your lawn lush and green will help keep your allergies in check. A healthy green lawn is a very effective pollen trap. The grass traps the sticky pollen, which washes down into the roots and soil when watered.
Don’t leave dying shrubs or trees around the yard. Predatory insects make dander which is highly allergenic, so remove them and protect yourself.
A vase of fresh-cut flowers may look and smell beautiful sitting on the foyer table but the truth is you shouldn’t bring your own flowers into the house. Bringing them into your warm, dry home causes their pollen production to vamp up. Your best option is to buy your cut flowers because they are usually cultivated to be pollen free.***
Along with these few tips, I find taking a Reactine® tablet in the morning helps me garden through the afternoon without too many symptoms cropping up. Reactine® provides 24 hour non-drowsy allergy relief. Check out Reactine.ca for a wealth of information on understanding your allergies and what can trigger them. Grab your $3.00 off coupon while you’re there. You can also follow them on Twitter for great tips and ideas to your allergy management.
By being mindful of what you are planting and using Reactine® as your go to allergy medication you should be able to enjoy the great outdoors during gardening season. Happy planting!
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, do you have any tips on how to reduce the symptoms while gardening?