Every year tiny particles fall from trees, grasses, flowers and weeds bringing misery to millions of people across the globe. These tiny particles, commonly known as pollen are released into the air as a means of fertilizing other plants, however they end up being taken in with the air that we breathe and unfortunately for some they end up causing an allergic reaction.
This reaction commonly known as hay fever is one of the most common types of allergy diseases and unlike the majority of allergic diseases it is almost impossible to avoid if you which to maintain a normal lifestyle. Avoiding pollen that is blowing in the wind is close to impossible.
What is pollen?
pollen is a fine powder produced by plants as a means of fertilization, it is a microscopic grain usually found in the flower of the plant. The plant uses this small grain to fertilize itself. Some plants will need to be cross pollinated with members of the same type of plant and this is where the problem arises for pollen allergy sufferers because the plants will release the pollen in the wind to do this.
one of the main culprits for wind blown pollen are not the pretty showy flowers that you would imagine but the plain looking plants, like grass, trees and weeds. These plants produce pollen that is specifically designed to blow in the wind. These tiny dry pollen granules can travel for hundreds of miles, so bricking over your lawn will have no effect on your allergy.
One of the worst offenders for causing pollen allergy in America is Rag weed, a single plant can produce over a million grains of pollen a day. Other high offending weeds include tumble weed,English plantain, sage bush and redroot pigweed.
Trees that produce high amounts of pollen include ash, oak , some cedars, elm, silver birch and box elder.
Whereas the highest offenders in grasses are Timothy grass, Johnson grass and Kentucky bluegrass.