Is Your Lawn making You Sick? Ragweed and other Weed Allergies
Most people think of Spring as being the major allergy season, but this isn’t the case for people with allergies to ragweed and other weeds. For them, the later summer and fall months are the absolute worst when it comes to congestion and runny noses. Is it possible that your yard is your worst allergy enemy?
If you have ragweed in your lawn, then this is almost certainly the case. In fact, scientists estimate that approximately 23 million people in the U.S. suffer from ragweed allergies. It’s safe to assume that a good portion of those 23 million people live right here in Texas. This means suffering from sneezing, runny nose, headaches, congestion and red eyes for a month or more out of every year. If you have asthma, the problems may be even more serious and include wheezing and coughing.
Ragweed and other Weed Allergies
Ragweed is the number one culprit behind this seasonal suffering. However, other weeds like lamb’s quarters, sagebrush, Russian thistle and redroot pigweed can also wreak havoc on allergy sufferers in the late summer and early fall. How can you minimize your exposure to these allergens?
Scheduling an appointment with your doctor to get a prescription for an effective allergy-relief medication is a good place to start. However, it’s also essential to remove the irritant from your immediate area as much as possible. That means finding a good way to eradicate ragweed from your lawn.
It’s relatively easy to identify ragweed thanks to its distinctive leaves and flowers. The leaves are reminiscent of ferns while the flowers are long and yellow. Usually, several flowers are clustered at the top of this upright-growing weed. This particular plant likes to establish itself in sparse lawn, so the thicker and healthier your turf is, the less likely you are to see ragweed. Regular mowing does help to control the spread of this invasive plant, but an herbicide is typically required to get rid of it for good.
If your allergies are bothering you and you’ve seen ragweed in your lawn, then give us a call and get signed up for our Fertilization and Weed control program. We help property owners in Keller, Colleyville, Euless and beyond get their allergies under control by eliminating ragweed and other pollen-producing weeds from their yards. Many of our clients have been able to get back out in their yards after we treat their lawns for a ragweed infestation. Don’t let allergies put a damper on your end-of-summer fun.