Seasonal Allergies and Trees: What Does This Mean for the Rest of 2021?

September 23, 2021 9:37 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Have your allergies been worse than ever this year? You’re not imagining it. It’s not just the fact that fewer of us are wearing masks outdoors now. It’s true that masks can help us avoid inhaling pollen, which is one reason why your allergies may seem worse than usual. However, the pollen count is indeed higher than normal. Here are some reasons why your seasonal allergies are worse than usual—and how tree trimming can help.

Why are allergy seasons worse than usual?

There are a few different reasons why this 2021 allergy season has seemed worse than normal. First, we had a dry spring. When there are fewer rainstorms to clear the air, more pollen swirls around. Rain captures pollen particles and brings them down to the ground, instead of allowing them to float in the air for you to inhale. That’s why many allergy sufferers can breathe easier after it rains.

Another reason allergies are worse than normal: there are more trees around. Normally, that’s a good thing, but when cherry blossoms have you running around with a tissue box and Benadryl in tow, it’s not as much fun. The trees are just doing what they need to do to survive, but spring and fall can be trying times for humans with pollen allergies. (Tree trimming can help.)

Next, there’s the fact that allergy seasons have been steadily increasing since 1990. This is a direct result of climate change. The average allergy season is now 20 days longer than it was 30 years ago, and contains 21 percent more pollen. No wonder you’re sniffling and sneezing all the time! Unfortunately, the worse climate change gets, the more you can expect to feel the effects of potent allergy seasons. The more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the more pollen is released.

How tree trimming can help your seasonal allergies

Before you buy stock in allergy medications and tissues, there’s one easy way you can help cut down on your seasonal allergies. Tree trimming is not only good for your tree’s overall health and appearance, but it can drastically cut down on the seasonal allergy symptoms you experience at home.

First, you can have tree services remove your trees with heavy pollen, and get rid of the stumps so insects don’t make them their home. For most people, that’s a drastic option, unless you really need to get that tree out of there.

However, even trimming back the tree helps. Trimming away from walkways, windows and frequently trafficked areas in your lawn ensures pollen is less likely to fall on you. You’re also less likely to rub up against trees that cause contact allergies. This is a good solution if you don’t want to make like George Washington and butcher some cherry trees, but you also can’t stand sniffling and sneezing your way through spring, summer and fall.

When you need tree trimming services to cope with your seasonal allergies, reach out to BBD Tree Service today to schedule an appointment.

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