13 May Could An Artificial Lawn Reduce Hay Fever?
Pollen-free grass offers relief for hay fever sufferers
Making one simple change to your garden could alleviate hay fever symptoms, helping you to enjoy a sniffle-free summer.
After the cold and wet winter months most of us wait with anticipation for the warmer weather to arrive. However, as the temperature rises, so does the pollen level, meaning that summer can be a miserable time for the 12 million plus hay fever sufferers in the UK.
What is hay fever?
Put simply, hay fever is an allergy to the pollen produced by flowers, plants and trees. Pollen is transported on the wind and when it is breathed in by hay fever sufferers, it reacts with the immune system to trigger unpleasant symptoms such as sneezing, a runny nose, an itchy throat and red, itchy eyes.
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 course of action can be fairly restrictive, especially during the summer when most people like to spend time outdoors. But making a simple change to your garden could offer an alternative.
Is artificial grass the answer?
Grass pollen is one of the most common triggers for hay fever, so installing an artificial lawn in place of natural grass can go some way to easing your hay fever symptoms.
Pollen travels on the wind, but localised pollen can worsen the symptoms of hay fever, which is why your own garden is sometimes your own worst enemy. It’s true that a well-kept lawn won’t go to seed and so will not produce any pollen, however, pollen from elsewhere can settle onto the grass and this is then released into the air when you mow the lawn – leading to lots sneezing, sniffling and streaming eyes.
Artificial grass is a great solution as it doesn’t contain any pollen, and it requires very little maintenance, so there is no 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 welcome relief to hay fever sufferers, artificial lawns also come with lots of other benefits.
Real lawns need a lot of love and attention, with many weekend hours spent mowing or weeding. In comparison, all an artificial lawn needs is the removal of leaves and debris and an occasional brushing with a stiff brush, and it’s good to go.
It’s also really durable, meaning that it can withstand numerous activities. Artificial grass is also weather-proof, so it won’t dry out in the sun, or get waterlogged and muddy in wet weather. Unlike a natural lawn, it should need little, if any, further maintenance or outlay once installed so you can look at it as an investment which will save you both money and time in the longer term.
So don’t hide indoors this summer. Instead, consider investing in an artificial lawn which will enable you to enjoy your garden all year round.