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Many people from all areas of the country have some experience with seasonal allergies. In fact, most local news stations report daily on pollen conditions and have fun little graphics and meters to help people prepare for their daily lives. Depending on where you live season changes may vary from month to month but generally speaking most people have experienced pollen accumulation on their car, porch, outdoor furniture, or in their yard. These dustings of pollen whether large or small will inevitably lead to either you or a family getting a little clogged up and grouchy from that dull but constant annoyance known as allergies. Your local pollen meters and levels will typically also inform you of the different types of pollen you might be dealing with at the time. There is grass, tree, bush, weed and flower pollens and being allergic to one might not mean your allergic to all of them.

 

Choosing different trees and grasses for your yard based on pollen is not uncommon at all. Your typical experienced landscaper will have a really good idea of what might be best based on your needs. There are species trees and other decorative plants that you can choose that produce very little or relatively undisruptive pollen, species like dogwood or apple, or roses. While everyone’s allergies might be different there are some general rules you can follow and researching what is in your area and what you’re dealing with is the best way to do that.

 

Grass pollen is probably the least commonly understood source of allergies. Typically grass pollen is microscopic but can be carried for miles. Tree pollens are the pollens that you see accumulating on cars and in the filters of your air system for your vehicles. All of these can have very annoying and uncomfortable effects on your sinuses and breathing. It is important to understand that there are means of upkeep that you can utilize that will help to combat these symptoms. You might not be able to totally eliminate the source of your allergies but it can definitely be managed. Pollen can accumulate on leaves and in your yard potentially flaring up allergies long after seasonal changes. Regular raking, trimming, and weeding goes a long way in reducing your exposure to allergens. This can often times require tools and a lot of outdoor labor to handle. So, it’s generally best to negotiate what’s known as seasonal cleanups for your yard, in addition, to regular maintenance with a landscaper. No matter what route you want to take, there are plenty of ways to manage your allergies during pollen seasons.