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Soft Landscaping Design and Low Allergy Horticulture

Soft Landscaping Design and Low Allergy Horticulture

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Allergens are a significant consideration for commercial and private landscape designers when they have clients with severe allergies.  Awareness is growing about the planting principles that can help to minimise hay fever risks.  It’s not possible to completely eradicate pollen from your outdoor environment- wind carries it in the air. Still, there are some helpful facts to know and practical steps that you can take.

The History of Plants and Allergies

Horticulturalist Tom Ogren began to study the connection between plants and allergies nearly thirty years ago. Ogren is credited with recognising that the sex of plants is a key factor in pollen allergies.

The planting protocol for communities has historically been to grow male rather than female trees.  This is because male trees were considered neater; they released no fruit, seed pods, seeds or flowers.  This purely aesthetic choice was naturally distributing disproportionate levels of pollen into community landscapes in countries all over the world.

Since this discovery, some members of the public and parents of allergy sufferers have been advocating for more of a balance between male and female horticulture when designing new community landscapes.

What This Means For Your Soft Landscaping Design

When deciding on trees and plants for your commercial property or garden design, it’s good to know what the biggest allergen producing horticulture is.  You can ask your landscape designers for more information on high pollen producing flowers, such as Chrysanthemums, Peruvian Lilies, and Leyland cypress.

Conversely, flower producing plants that are hypo allergenic include daffodils, tulips, hydrangeas, daisies, sunflowers and narcissus, to just name a few.

It’s also important to bear in mind that you don’t need to take extreme decisions unless you’re a severe allergy sufferer or asthmatic.  Simple choices can be made, such as planting less of one species of trees or plants.

Hiring Landscape Maintenance Professionals

Allergy sufferers can also minimise their exposure to allergens by hiring a professional landscaping company to maintain their properties.  This can be a nice compromise for clients who prefer pollen producing horticulture, but wish to take a hands-off approach to gardening.

We offer grounds maintenance services including grass cutting, hedge trimming, weed control and shrub pruning whether it’s a single site or a national chain of properties.

For more information on any of our landscaping design and maintenance services, contact Ground Control today.



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