Thursday, October 10, 2013

Yard work and allergies

I am fixated on weeds--even in the desert, we have them. The heat doesn't bother them a bit. They fly out of the ground all gnarly and disgusting. I have a huge bank of grass alongside my pond and no money to get someone to hack it down.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology says it is possible to reduce the allergens in your yard.

Timing--Mid-day and afternoon may be when people get around to yard work, but this is the worst time if you have pollen allergies. Morning and evening are when pollen counts are lowest. After a rain shower is good. Thunderstorms, however, can increase allergens.

Dress wisely--Buy a pollen mask and gardening gloves. Wear large sunglasses. A hat will keep pollen out of your hair.

When you buy plants--make sure they are not allergy  producers. You should have pretty good luck with trees such as apple, dogwood, pear, plum and begonia flower. As for plants and flowers--daffodil, lilac, magnolia, rose and sunflower.

Clean up fallen leaves--they can get moldy. Keep grass short. Mow through the fall.

Shower after working in the yard.

Take your allergy medicine two weeks before symptoms usually appear and well after the first frost.

If none of this works--track your symptoms by what you are doing and talk to your allergist.

Darn those weeds! Imagine me shaking my fist.

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