Summer is on its way and for many of us that means sunny days at the beach, country picnics and BBQs in the garden. However, for the 12 million or so hay fever sufferers in the UK, summer is often a less pleasant prospect, heralding higher pollen levels and the return of hay fever symptoms.
Hay fever is a common allergy triggered by the pollen produced by plants, trees and flowers. Mainly transported on the wind, pollen reacts with the immune system, giving rise to a range of unpleasant symptoms such as red, itchy eyes, a blocked or runny nose, and sneezing.
Taking antihistamines can provide relief from hay fever, but the best way to alleviate symptoms is to reduce your exposure to pollen. This can mean staying indoors on days when the pollen count is high, keeping car windows closed and avoiding grassy places.
This can be difficult advice to follow on sunny days when most people want to spend time outdoors with family and friends. So it’s good to know that making a simple change to your garden could offer an alternative.
Grass pollen is one of the most common triggers for hay fever, and switching your natural lawn for artificial grass can go some way towards helping ease your hay fever symptoms.
The main reason for this lies in the fact that an artificial lawn is extremely low maintenance. Pollen travels on the wind, but localized pollen can worsen hay fever symptoms, and even a well-kept lawn that does not go to seed can cause problems for hay fever sufferers. Pollen from elsewhere can settle onto the lawn and is released into the air when you cut the grass - leading to lots sneezing, sniffling and streaming eyes.
Artificial grass doesn’t contain any pollen, and requires very little maintenance, so you won’t need to tend to your lawn when the pollen count is high. It won’t get rid of your hay fever altogether, but it should alleviate your symptoms enough to enable you to enjoy your garden and make the most of the summer months.
As well as providing relief to hay fever sufferers, artificial lawns also offer several other significant advantages.
While real lawns need lots of love and attention, with many weekend hours spent mowing or weeding, artificial grass simply needs the removal of leaves and debris and an occasional brushing with a stiff brush, and it’s good to go. It’s also hard wearing and can withstand numerous activities and heavy footfall.
Artificial grass is also weather-proof, so it won’t dry out in the sun, or get waterlogged and muddy in wet weather. Once installed it should need little, if any, further maintenance and so can be viewed as an investment which will save you both money and time in the longer term.
So instead of hiding indoors this year, consider investing in an artificial lawn which will enable you to enjoy your garden and a sniffle-free summer.
About the Author:
Chloe Cotton is editor-in-chief at The Happiest Homes, a leading UK digital home magazine.
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