15 Apr '11, 6pm

Create an Allergy-Friendly #Garden

The notion that gardening choices can dramatically reduce pollen levels has received a lot of press of late, but not all the advice currently being offered on allergy-friendly gardening is accurate and some is downright unfriendly to wildlife. One oft-mentioned solution is to minimize pollen by eradicating male plants of so-called dioecious species from the landscape. (Although most plants have both male and female flowers, or even male and female parts in each flower, dioecious species have separate male and female plants.) But “you can’t tell people ‘don’t plant male plants’ if you want plants to be able to perpetuate themselves,” says NWF Chief Naturalist Craig Tufts. And without male plants and their pollen to fertilize flowers, he adds, there would be far fewer berries and other food for wildlife.

Full article: http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/G...

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