A Dozen Tips for Producing Low Allergy Gardens

Written by Thomas Ogren

A Dozen Tips for Producing Low-Allergy Gardens

Ó Thomas Leo Ogren

What we plant often has a direct effect on our own health andrepparttar health of those near us. A pollen-producing male tree in our own yard will easily expose us to ten times more pollen than would a similar tree growing just downrepparttar 113439 block. This can be compared to second-hand smoke. It is possible to inhale some smoke from a person smoking a block or two away from you, but it is hardlyrepparttar 113440 same as someone smoking right next to you. It isrepparttar 113441 same with plants. If your own yard is full of allergenic plants, then you will be exposed most. Elementary school landscapes are frequently highly allergenic because all too often they have been landscaped with trees and shrubs that will not produce any seeds, seedpods or fruit—whichrepparttar 113442 children might want to toss at each other. What is over-looked is that these tidy choices are usually male cultivars (clones) and although they are “litter-free,” they are prodigious producers of allergenic pollen. I am now involved with a pollen-free landscape planting at a new elementary school in Tulare County, California. This work is being sponsored by their local asthma coalition and it is very encouraging to see preventative measures like this being taken. Children suffer greatly from allergies and asthma, and asthma is nowrepparttar 113443 most common chronic childhood disease inrepparttar 113444 US. Another fine example of low-pollen landscaping surroundsrepparttar 113445 new American Lung Association Regional Headquarters in Richmond, Virginia. With “green” construction principles a new ‘Breathe Easy’ allergy-free office was constructed. The allergy-friendly landscape plant materials are predominantly female, and complimentrepparttar 113446 clean air building. Other Breathe EasyÔ offices are also now using pollen free landscapes, as are numerous Heath Houses. Twelve tips: Remember,repparttar 113447 greaterrepparttar 113448 exposure to pollen,repparttar 113449 greaterrepparttar 113450 incidence of pollen-triggered allergy and asthma.

1.Don’t plant any male trees or shrubs. These are often sold as "seedless" or "fruitless" varieties but they’re males and they all produce large amounts of allergenic pollen. 2.Do plant female trees and shrubs. Even though these may be messier than males, they produce no pollen, and they actually trap and remove pollen fromrepparttar 113451 air. There is also some very good all-female sod to use for pollen-free lawns. As an added bonus, these female lawns stay low and require less frequent mowing. 3.Plant disease-resistant varieties: mildew, rust, black spot and other plant diseases all reproduce by spores and these spores cause allergies. Disease resistant plants won’t get infected as much andrepparttar 113452 air around them will be healthier. 4.Use only trees and shrubs well adapted for your own climate zone. Plants grown inrepparttar 113453 wrong zone will often fail to thrive. Because they are not healthy, they will be magnets for insects. Insect residue, "honeydew," is a prime host for molds and molds produce allergenic mold spores. Often native plants will berepparttar 113454 healthiest choices. 5.Be careful withrepparttar 113455 use of all insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides. Accidental exposure to all of these chemical pesticides has been shown to cause breakdowns inrepparttar 113456 immune system. Sometimes one single heavy exposure to a pesticide will result in sudden hypersensitivity to pollen, spores, and to other allergens. This is as true for pets as it is for their owners. Go organic as much as possible. Make and use compost!

A house is not a Home without a Gnome

Written by Hugh Harris-Evans

When confronted by a garden gnomerepparttar common reaction is to hold up your hands in horror and utter an expression of disgust while wondering how anyone can bear to allow such a creature to remain in their backyard. Onrepparttar 113438 other hand we are told on good authority thatrepparttar 113439 gnome population of Southern Germany is close on four million and, when you start looking, there are quite a number visible inrepparttar 113440 US.

Perhaps we should not be surprised byrepparttar 113441 Germans since gnomes were first created in their country inrepparttar 113442 early 1800's. The earliest recorded sighting in England was in 1840 at Lamport Hall,repparttar 113443 seat of Sir Charles Isham. It was not until 1872 that gnomes forrepparttar 113444 garden began to be manufactured in large numbers. According to German folklore gnomes were regarded as good luck charms. They were supposed to help aroundrepparttar 113445 house and garden and in rural areas often lived inrepparttar 113446 rafters of barns where they would keep a watchful eye onrepparttar 113447 owner's animals as well asrepparttar 113448 crops and garden produce.

Overrepparttar 113449 yearsrepparttar 113450 German gnome makers honed their skills and became master craftsmen. At its peakrepparttar 113451 Griebel gnome factory in East Germany produced some 300 different gnome characters. Followingrepparttar 113452 collapse of communism in 1989 entrepreneurs inrepparttar 113453 Czech Republic decided to enterrepparttar 113454 market and to produce cheap imitations ofrepparttar 113455 traditional characters. Initially they were prevented from entering Germany by a law which allowed customs to confiscate those gnomes infringing companies' copyright. However, now it is a free for all onrepparttar 113456 German border and Reinhard Griebel,repparttar 113457 great grandson ofrepparttar 113458 founder ofrepparttar 113459 firm, has just one workshop andrepparttar 113460 gnome museum.

Whilstrepparttar 113461 original gnomes were depicted as gardeners engaged inrepparttar 113462 traditional rural tasks,repparttar 113463 range was increased to include anyone from fishermen to musicians, sportsmen and farmers. It was not long before living individuals were being modelled in clay or stoneware. Among those currently available are gladiator Russell Crowe, TV gardeners Alan Titchmarsh and Charlie Dimmock and even a Tony Blair wall plaque.

For gnome lovers no trip to Europe would be complete without a visit torepparttar 113464 Gnome Reserve set inrepparttar 113465 wilds of northern Devon in England. There you will find over one thousand gnomes and pixies inrepparttar 113466 four acre reserve. Gnome hats are loaned free of charge together with fishing rods, so you don't embarrassrepparttar 113467 gnomes!

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