Allergy proof landscapes

Over 35 million Americans suffer from allergies; if you know you are allergic to pollens you should be careful in selecting plants for your landscape. The plants in your landscape actually affect the amount of pollen in your yard.

Plants with bright, pretty flowers cause fewer allergy problems because they rely on insects to transfer pollen. This is also true of most flowering trees, which also rely on insects rather than wind.

Keeping lawns mowed to a proper height decreases pollen production. The recommended mowing height to reduce allergic reactions is 2 inches. Cool season grasses are also better than warm season grasses, due to less seed head production.

Which plants are most suitable for people with allergies is something we at Landcare Logic can help you address. We will help you determine which plant species is wind pollinated to avoid causing allergic reactions.

The following are some of the trees recommended for use:

  • Floss silk tree
  • Podocarpus
  • Flowering Pear
  • Ornamental Plum
  • Crape myrtle
  • Tulip tree
  • African Tulip tree
  • Magnolia
  • Western Red bud

The following are some of the shrubs recommended for use:

  • Azalea
  • Oleander
  • Pyracantha
  • Hibiscus
  • Lilies
  • Iris
  • Crocus
  • Hyacinths
  • Bougainvillea
  • Glossy Abelia
  • Photinia
  • Nandina
  • Holly
  • Rose
  • Hydrangea

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