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For the many children who have asthma, the typical schoolyard is not a friendly place.
Most school gardens have pollen-producing male clonal shrubs, trees and many other plants that can provoke asthma attacks. Here, Peter Prakke describes the simple steps to allow these children to enjoy their natural environments and take part in gardening without being at such risk.
Asthma sufferers will tell you that their condition can be activated by many allergens, sometimes called triggers. . Pollen is the number one trigger for such an attack. Outdoor allergies are common, but they need not.
If we make some simple changes in our environmental work area, the allergies caused by gardening can be greatly allergy reduced. Steps to building the asthma friendly school garden.
Plant lots of female, plants, shrubs and trees. These will not shed any pollen, but trap a good deal for pollen for pollination and clean the air.
Think about these female plants as natures air cleaners. Using the opals scale. Opals Ogren Plant Allergy Scale.
The montgomery allergy ranking of plants is 1 low allergen and asthma friendly and 10 high allergenic (worst). If possible, remove any shrub or tree with a ranking over opals #. Above this number are sure asthma triggers.
Use only plants that are well adapted to your own area or zone from 3-8. If you can find native plants with low allergy rankings, consider using them. Look around in your area which plants are flourishing there already.
Use a wide variety of plants if possible.
Biodiversity always makes sense. The more diverse schoolyard, the fewer problems you will have with insects and molds.