What Your Lawn Has to Do with Allergy Season

April 19, 2019

It’s now spring, which to many of us means allergy season. Pollen from trees, weeds and even grass are the leading cause of you and your family’s seasonal allergies. In fact, about 40 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, which can last from early spring to mid fall if you live in a warm region. You may be wondering just what it is in your lawn that is causing your miserable allergies, and how you can better cope with it and care for your lawn with the right lawn equipment sales in Ogden, UT to minimize the allergens. Read on to find out!

Your lawn’s effect on your itchy eyes

The most common cause in your lawn for your sneezing, runny nose, post-nasal drip, itchy eyes and congestion is the grass pollen. Pollen are the particles that are the reproductive agent of grass, which are too small to be seen, but are, in large enough quantities, sufficient to cause the effect you’re feeling. The tiny size of the pollen allows it to be carried miles in the air, and right into your home. The most common culprits of grass pollen are brome grass, Timothy, Kentucky bluegrass, Russian wild rye, Orchard grass and Bermuda grass.

Once the grass pollen is carried through the air, you can inhale it into your system, including your eyes, nose and lungs, sensitizing your reactive immune system, which then produces antibodies. Now that your body knows the trigger and antibodies to produce, the next time you’re exposed, the antibodies attach to the pollen in your system, releasing histamine as well as other chemicals. This release of histamine is what causes the allergic reaction that you feel. Allergic reactions to certain allergens can be hereditary, so if you’re family has lived in a certain area for generations, you’re likely to develop allergic reactions to triggers in that area.

Your lawn’s pollen count

Depending on your region, you may have slightly different allergy seasons and pollen counts. You can search the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s National Allergy Bureau, which has 84 counting stations in the United States that examine the air and collect pollen samples and spores. Also, pollen counts are higher at different times of the year depending on the part of the country you live in. The Northeast has the shortest grass pollen peak season, from May to September. The farther south you go, the longer the allergy season, because the weather is warmer for longer a time. The Midwest fares about as well as the Northeast. However, the Northwest’s season starts and ends earlier, from April to August. The Southwest experiences a long, April-to-October allergy season, and if you live in the Southeast, you might already know you experience allergies from March all the way through November from that Bermuda grass.

If you’re looking for the right lawn equipment sales in Ogden, UT to keep your lawn cared for and minimize allergens, stop by Ogden Lawn & Garden. We carry only the best manufacturers and their products and make sure you’re getting the best value.

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