Xeriscaping refers to landscaping in ways that reduce or eliminate the need for additional watering. Xeriscaping uses native plants, which often have a low pollen count and will cause less trouble with allergies. So, not only does xeriscaping save water, but it can also reduce the allergens that are around your home, making it easier for you to breathe.
Xerogardening, another form of xeriscaping, involves planting a “low allergy garden” by establishing plants and flowers that are pollinated by insects, rather than those pollinated by the wind. A Xerogarden can also be an effective way of reducing dust in the garden and in your home’s landscaping. Both utilize water-wise or drought-resistant plants that are native to the area. You can even design your xeriscape or xerogarden as a lure for local wildlife, including hummingbirds and quail.
Another way to decrease the amount of pollen and other allergens from around your home would be by using ground covers in your landscaping. The ground covers, sometimes gravel, but also low, creeping plants, cover the soil to reduce the amount of dust that’s carried by the wind. Dust that ends up in your house, which can make it difficult for you to breathe.
Controlling the air quality in your home can reduce allergy and asthma symptoms and decrease the triggers that cause flare-ups. Air conditioners help reduce the humidity and also prevent outdoor allergens from entering the home, as long as the units are routinely serviced and running correctly. Most health risks associated with poor indoor air quality can be minimized with proper HVAC system maintenance.
At John’s, we offer several suggestions for homeowners to improve the quality of air in their homes, including something as simple as replacing inefficient air filters. To find out if your home could benefit from installing an air filtration system to help control allergens in your home, read our blog, Do You Need A Home Air Filtration System?