Grass is practically a trademark part of spring and summer. A nice, green lawn makes a lovely place to take an afternoon break to read a book, for children to play barefoot without burning their feet, and for dogs to frolic around and catch a ball or two. For those who suffer from grass pollen allergies however, this fun time of the year can be ruined by runny or stuffed noses, itchy and watering eyes, and sometimes even a scratchy feeling cough. If you find yourself to be one of the many people with grass allergies, you can still enjoy your yard and even your lawn. Lawn maintenance Cleveland OH is the best natural secret to making the most of the season.
Most grasses rely upon wind to pollinate during late spring and early summer. Since most do not rely upon insects to pollinate and many do not flower, this means that the amount of grass pollen that blows around in the air is much greater than pollen from other plants. By mowing and maintaining a lawn, you remove the ends of the grass that contain the pollen. It has the same effect as dusting your living room would indoors, and you greatly reduce the amount of pollen in the air.
Lawn maintenance also lessens the workload on the root systems of the grass. The grass responds to being mowed by expanding, growing thicker to try to catch more sunlight, and becoming much healthier. This dense type of healthy grass is not a friendly environment for allergy sufferers’ main nemesis, weeds. Sometimes those with allergies do not really even have a grass allergy after all, but it is the weeds mingled in the lawn that actually cause their symptoms. Simply by maintaining the lawn, there is no need to be exposed to the pollen of the weeds if they do not grow there in the first place, and there is also no need to be exposed to harsh weed killers.
However, for those who indeed are afflicted by grass pollen allergies, mowing methods are also important when reducing symptoms. The blades in the mower should be regularly sharpened to give a complete and even cut. The blade height should also be adjusted by season to ensure that the lawn lives up to its healthiest potential, and therefore can also maximize its weed repelling potential. While people who do not have allergies may like to leave the clippings after mowing on the grass to use as a fertilizer, these possibly pollen containing clippings should be removed for those with allergies. It is important to also make sure that these clippings are also removed from other yard areas and walkways to ensure that the pollen has gone with them.
Grass pollen allergies are incredibly common but having one does not have to put a damper on your spring and summer fun and the enjoyment of your yard. Mowing and regular lawn maintenance sound like a ridiculously simple solution but taking this extra care of your lawn can greatly improve symptoms. You and your lawn will be much happier and healthier in the long run.