Gardening Tips for Asthma

Gardening and doing work around the home come often bring upon complications for people who have asthma. Here are a few helpful tips to make your gardening more comfortable and bring you more enjoyment from working around the home.

A gardener’s calender
There are times of the year when it is easier to work in the garden than others. Here is a brief seasonal guide:

Spring

In the northern hemisphere, the pollen season starts in April when the trees blossom. To avoid tree pollens, plant trees away from the house or opt for fruit trees. Grass pollen is usually released from late May onwards.

Summer
Grass pollen continues to be a problem right through the summer months. When the weather is warm and sunny, millions of grass pollen grains are released in the early morning and descend in the evening. To avoid hayfever, work in the garden in the middle of the day. Flowers release their pollens too during the summer months, usually from June to late September. Fungi release their mould spores in damp weather.

Autumn

Early autumn(September) is still a time when pollen counts are relatively high and fungi are active, especially at night.

Winter
The pollen season is over and the fungi lie dormant during the colder winter months.

  • Always wear a hat to prevent pollen getting in your hair.
  • No matter how enthusiastic a gardener you are, you can do without a compost heap which is a source of mould spores.
  • If possible, get somebody else who is not allergic to cut and prune hedges, and burn garden rubbish.
  • If weeding causes problems and makes you wheeze, consider filling in the gaps between plants with ground cover plants.
  • You can use low-allergen mulch(gravel) to suppress weeds after preparing the soil below it.
  • Avoid oranic mulches, e.g. tree bark and mushroom compost, which are broken down by moulds.
  • If mowing the lawn makes you wheezy and short of breath, you may have to get somebody else to do this chore for you. A cylinder mower which collects the grass cuttings is best.
  • It is a shame to concrete over your garden, but terraces can look very attractive and can be constructed in natural materials, such as slate and stone to create a nice effect. It may be necessary to do this if you cannot mow the lawn because of the dust that this releases into the air.


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