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Pets, Allergies & Plants

Gardening is a relaxing activity that provides an amazing sense of accomplishment, particularly after one sees, smells, touches, or even tastes the results of their efforts. In order to become a successful gardener, there is a lot that people must learn about the environment and the flowers or plants that they plan to grow. Some plants, for example, are responsible for pollen, which is one of many airborne allergens that may be problematic for people who suffer from allergies or asthma. New and seasoned gardeners with pets must also educate themselves for the protection of both their pets and their new gardens. In general, people must understand not only how to plant their flowers in the soil, but how to care for them and encourage them to stay healthy and bloom.

Learning About Flowers and Gardening

There are many paths that people can take when it comes to learning about flowers and gardening. Ideally, children should learn about gardening early in life, either from their parents or at school. When adults want to learn about gardening or about certain types of flowers, there are a number of ways that they can accomplish this. One way is to associate with others who are adept at gardening. Joining a community garden, for example, is a great way to get hands on advice and tips from people who are often experienced gardeners. People can also learn about flowers from the knowledgeable staff at local nurseries, or take classes at their community college.

Achhoo! Airborne Allergens & Asthma

Airborne allergens are allergic substances that are in the air. These allergens cause allergic reactions such as sneezing, coughing, runny noses or postnasal drip, itchy and watery eyes, and itching of the throat and nose. They also may cause or worsen respiratory problems such as asthma. One of the most common airborne allergens is pollen from trees and weeds. Other airborne allergens include dust, molds, pet dander.

Beyond the Bud - Further Resources

When learning about flowers and flower gardening, people must also learn how to care for them after they've started to bud. Providing plants with the proper care can help ensure healthy blooms and the continued life of the plant. Unfortunately, even with proper care, some plants may fail to blossom. Further education can help troubleshoot these and other flower garden problems.

Pets and Plants

Pets and plants are two things that are not always compatible. In very little time, pets that dig, run through, or otherwise play in a garden can destroy all of a person's efforts. On the other hand, there are many plants that are toxic to pets and can cause mild to life-threatening problems. Before starting a flower or vegetable garden, people should take their pets into consideration and purchase only safe, non-toxic plants. People must also learn how to make a garden area safe from their pets and the damage that they can cause.

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