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August and September bring more than the end of the summer. These months mean watery eyes, sniffling, and other allergic reactions to airborne ragweed pollen during what is traditionally the hay fever season in Pennsylvania. If misery loves company, then hay-fever sufferers should never have to be alone.
Pollen counts are high in the spring and fall. Trees, grasses, and certain weeds are responsible for most windblown pollen. The big offenders are:
There has been a huge increase in hay-fever sufferers in recent years, partly due to a growing interest in fruitless and seedless “litter-free” trees. Many of these are males that may be litter-free, but they are definitely not pollen-free. To make matters worse, fewer female trees are being planted, so less pollen is being caught.Instead, it falls to the ground, where it can be stirred up by mowers and foot traffic.
For gardeners or anyone who has allergies but loves the outdoors, there are steps that can be taken to limit discomfort.
By carefully choosing the right plants and gardening when pollen counts are low, you can make your yard a healthier and more enjoyable place to be, which is nothing to sneeze at.
Click here to learn more about pollen in your area.