Hay fever sufferers can combat their symptoms by creating an anti-allergy garden with hay fever friendly plants, an expert has said.

Hay fever season is around the corner, with warnings that allergy season could start even earlier this year as high-pollen counts are expected from late March and into July.

With the weather set to warm up over the next month, now is the perfect time for people to get ahead of their allergies and make positive changes to their surroundings.

A spokesman from Garden Buildings Direct explained: “The beginning of spring and summer brings many Brits out of their homes and into the garden. But this can be a challenging time for those suffering with hay fever.

“Although it may feel like an impossible task, there are lots of ways you can improve your garden to help keep frustrating symptoms at bay.

“There are lots of low-allergy plants which can help your garden to look colourful and inviting without causing issues for allergy sufferers.

“You should avoid wind-pollinated plants, keep weeds at bay and maintain well-mowed grass in order to feel the difference this allergy season.”

How to allergy-proof your garden ahead of hay fever season

Here are Garden Buildings Direct’s tips for anti-allergy gardening:

Low allergy plants

Blooms like petunias, magnolias and hardy fuchsias are low-allergy plants. They offer just as much colour and beauty as other flowers but without the side effects. Sticking to insect-pollinated plants rather than wind-pollinated varieties can also help keep allergies at bay.

Mow your grass

Make sure to cut the grass in your garden very low to inhibit seeds. If your allergies tend to flare up while cutting the grass, wear a mask or face covering to keep symptoms at bay. Maintaining well-cut grass prevents it from flowering, meaning less pollen will be released into your garden.

Keep on top of weeds

Creeping thistle, dandelions and ragwort have all been known to cause hay fever symptoms. Keep on top of weeding to help keep allergies at bay this spring and summer.

Plant positioning

If you have any plants with a high pollen count, make sure they are placed well away from your windows. This will help to cut down the amount of pollen travelling into your home and worsening any symptoms.

Avoid high pollen count days

Even if you have taken the steps to make your anti-allergy garden, it is still best to avoid the garden completely on days with a high pollen count. The pollen count is usually at its highest around midday, on a sunny day when the weather is warm and there is a slight breeze.

Time your garden trips

The pollen count tends to be at its lowest in the afternoon, so this is the best time to get out and enjoy your garden. Any longer gardening days should be limited to when it is cloudier.