Do you suffer from allergies? I do. I always know when fall is on its way when my eyes and nose begin to itch.
Of course, if you have allergies in the fall, then you almost certainly get them in spring too. This fall, forecasters are calling for warmer then usual temperatures and a long allergy season. So, in addition to stocking up on allergy medication, what else can you do to help minimize your allergy symptoms?
A great starting point is to avoid plants that are highly-allergenic – meaning that their pollen causes allergies in many people.
Plants Commonly Known to Cause Allergies:
Grasses: Most grasses cause allergies including Bahia, Bermuda, Blue Fescue, Bluegrass, Centipede, Fountain Grass, Ryegrass and Timothy grass.
Trees: Ash, Arizona cypress, birch, Catalpa, cedar, cottonwood, elm, eucalyptus, juniper, mulberry, oaks, olive, pecan, poplar, privet, red cedar, silver maple, sumac and willow.
Weeds: Like grass, most weeds can cause allergies too. Dandelion, goosefoot, lamb’s quarters, pigweed, ragweed and tumbleweed.
If you suffer from allergies, then it is wise to avoid these plants, which could help lessen your allergy symptoms.
There is more you can do in your own landscape to help you cope with allergy season. On Tuesday, I’ll talk about a number of things that you can do in your own landscape to reduce the amount of pollen that causes allergies and what types of plants that do NOT cause allergies.