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What Is The Best Type Of Grass For Kids With Allergies?

What Is The Best Type Of Grass For Kids With Allergies?

We all know that kids love playing outdoors.  And that’s how it should be.  Fresh air, sunshine and interaction with nature are all hugely important to their normal physical and mental development. That’s why we need kid-friendly gardens – ones that are safe for them to play in, learn and enjoy.

It’s obvious that for a yard to be child-friendly, we need to put a fence around the pool, a cover over the fish pond or maybe deal with pesky ants or spiders.  These are things that could be potential hazards and harm our little people.  But hang on! what about the grass underfoot? Did you know that some grass varieties are notorious allergy triggers?
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Many children suffer from what we call ‘environmental allergies’, one of the most common of which is grass pollen.  The allergy may be responsible for asthma, allergic rhinitis (commonly called hay-fever), hives or other itchy rashes.  Symptoms may include nasal and sinus congestion, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes or skin rashes.  Very severe reactions can lead to anaphylaxis. In short, for some children, playing in the garden guarantees they will be sneezing, coughing, itching and generally feeling wretched before too long…

These symptoms are very unpleasant and can be extremely miserable, especially for children.  But with some careful planning and forethought, you could make a whole lot of difference to your children’s quality of outdoor experience.  By simply choosing a quality turf that is low allergenic, you can majorly reduce the risk of your child being affected, or at least greatly lessen the symptoms.

So, the burning question is what type of turf is best for allergy sufferers?  It’s generally accepted that Palmetto Buffalo turf is a good option.  Because it produces less seed head than many other grass varieties, it produces less of the offensive pollen that can be breathed in or come into contact with the skin, causing allergy complications.  This is an important consideration because children need to be able to sit, roll around and generally play on the grass, with minimum discomfort.

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The blade of Palmetto Buffalo turf, unlike many other buffalo turf varieties, is free from scratchy barbs along its edges.  This makes it much softer for those little feet to walk on, and much less likely to irritate sensitive skin.

Grass, unlike flowers, pollinates through the air, which is why you and your children are far more likely to suffer allergic reactions when mowing the lawns.  The good news is that Palmetto Buffalo turf requires less mowing than many other grass varieties, thereby minimizing ‘mowing day sniffles…

Other great features of Palmetto Buffalo grass are:

  • deep root system which makes it highly drought tolerant
  • great shade tolerance
  • great winter colour
  • less thatch
  • great ability to out-compete weeds

None of us likes to see our child/children unwell. That’s why it’s important to choose wisely when it comes to grass.  Having the right type of grass in your garden can greatly enhance the quality of your child’s outdoor time by lessening the risk of allergic reactions.  The team at Rivers Edge Turf specialize in quality turf to suit everyone’s needs, so call us today on 02 4579 9009 for a chat with one of our team.

 

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