How to Create an Allergy Free Garden

If you are among the many individuals who suffer from allergies, then you may have given up hope of planting a garden. Even if you don't suffer from allergies personally, your neighbors might. Creating an allergy free garden may be the solution, and it may save you and others from allergy symptoms like watery, itchy eyes.


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    Remove plants that draw aphids, rust or mildew. Plants infested with insects and mildew produce molds, which create allergenic spores.
    • Use garden shears or a saw to cut back any infected plants. An allergy free garden helps prevent molds from flourishing.
    • Dig the roots out with a garden shovel.
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    Thin out shade trees. Sunshine will prevent molds and spores from prospering and may help you avoid spring allergies.
    • Prune the trees with pruning clippers.
    • Remove crowded trees by cutting them down with a saw and then digging the roots up with a garden shovel.
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    Remove male trees, which produce more pollen than female trees, or change their sex. Reducing male trees will help you avoid spring allergies.
    • Graft male trees with wood from a female tree to change the sex. This may prevent the trees from producing pollen.
    • If you don't know how to graft a tree, hire a gardener or cut the tree down with a saw and then dig up the roots.
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    Plant female fruit trees in your garden. Planting a garden may include placing trees and shrubs in the ground. Ask a nurseryman for a list of trees to use in an allergy free garden or look up low pollen-producing trees online.
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    Choose plants that have low allergenic properties. Avoid spring allergies by selecting flowers with a deep well in the flower head.
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    Trim the grass once a week with a lawn mower to prevent it from flowering. An allergy free garden may include your lawn.
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    Fertilize the lawn to keep it healthy. This will help reduce weeds.
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    Planting a garden in the winter could save you from other allergies, such as allergic reactions to insect stings. Winter jasmine, pansies and heather are colorful and won't attract bees.


  • Most cities plant male-cloned trees, which don't produce seeds or fruit. To avoid spring allergies, speak out at public meetings and ask your city to plant pollen-free trees.
  • The book "Allergy-Free Gardening" by Thomas Leo Ogren has information about pollen and allergy free plants. It rates plants on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 causing the worst allergic reactions.
  • An allergy free garden won't occur overnight. Get rid of the worst plants a little at a time, replacing them with better options.
  • If you don't know what type of plants you have in your yard, cut a clipping from the plant and bring it to a nursery. The staff may be able to identify it for you and may assist you in picking out plants for your allergy free garden.


  • Avoid almond, cottonwood, elm and eucalyptus trees because they produce more pollen than other varieties.
  • Avoid strongly scented flowers because they can trigger asthma attacks.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shears
  • Garden shovel
  • Pruning clippers
  • Saw
  • Female trees
  • Low allergenic plants
  • Lawn mower
  • Fertilizer
  • Winter flowering plants

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