Pollen allergies are commonly known as hay fever. This pathology which rages at the arrival of spring affects 25% of French people of all ages. Pollen allergies manifest themselves in different ways, while some suffer from itching, others sneeze or suffer from conjunctivitis. Difficult then to enjoy the garden ... But is it possible to have a garden without pollen? To find out, we went to Truffaut where Pierre was waiting to answer our questions.
Is it possible to create a pollen-free garden?
It is a fact, more and more of us suffer from allergies and a few weeks from spring, this question is very often asked. It is possible to create a suitable garden to reduce allergies to pollens. For that, it is enough to understand the plants and to choose them well.
Understanding plants? What do you need to know?
You should know that not all plants disperse pollen in the same way. So-called entomophilous plants need the intervention of insects to transfer their pollens and therefore reproduce. So-called anemophilous plants disseminate their pollens in the air and the latter disperse thanks to the wind.
How to arrange a garden if one wishes to reduce allergies?
The ideal is to opt for a very neat garden that does not play on height. You need small shrubs that you will cut regularly and flower beds, in short a French garden! Asian ambiance gardens are also to be preferred. Succulents and bonsai do not really cause allergies.
Which plants should you turn to to reduce allergies?
We must favor entomophilous plants such as broom, acacia or delphinium but also plants that do not emit pollens such as roses, orchids, geraniums and daffodils. Even though these plants are not our favorites, chrysanthemums are great for reducing allergies. All plants of the heather family such as camellias, azaleas or ferns, as well as climbing plants such as jasmine, wisteria or honeysuckle, can be adopted in a pollen-free garden. It is the same for all aromatic plants and vegetable plants.
Are there plants to avoid in case of pollen allergies?
Indeed ! We must banish thuja which are widely used to create hedges, ambrosia and probably the worst of all, birch.
Do you have any other tips for reducing garden allergies?
Yes, you must maintain your garden well. Remove all weeds, avoid the use of pesticides because insects carry pollens and mow very regularly. If you suffer from pollen allergies, garden at the start of the day and not at the end of the day. On the other hand, water your garden at the end of the day in order to bring down the pollens.