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The tree trimming crew did an excellent job today. ”- Gigi M.

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The crew was here Saturday & worked diligently to get our trees trimmed up. Looks really good. Always fascinated with how they maneuver those ropes so seemingly effortlessly. ”- Liz. D

Seasonal Allergies: Which Trees Are to Blame?

Pollen. The word alone can make some allergy sufferers’ eyes itch & nose run. If you suffer from allergies at different times of the year, certain trees and grasses are to blame. Knowing which trees cause you the biggest problems can help you make the right tree choice when you’re planting new trees.

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Winter

In Texas, we are blessed with a mild winter, which is great for enjoying the outdoors. But it also means we don’t get a winter break from allergies. If your winter allergies make you miserable, you probably have mountain cedar, Juniperus ashei, to blame. Mountain cedars are mostly found in the Hill Country and central Texas, but winter winds bring the pollen to North Texas, causing some of the most severe allergy symptoms. Eastern red cedar, Juniperus virginiana, that grows throughout our area, also produces pollen in the winter. These junipers spell double trouble for allergy sufferers.

Spring

Spring is prime bloom time for many trees and grasses. In North Texas, there is an overwhelming pollen load released from live oaks and red oaks. Surely you’ve walked out to your vehicle in the morning & noticed the yellow/green film blanketing your windows – that’s pollen from oaks. Pecans and ash also produce a lot of pollen.

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Live Oaks blooming commonly cause allergies in the spring.

Summer

During the summer, trees give us a little bit of an allergy break. But lawngrasses and native grasses pick up the ball. Grass pollen can make many of us pretty miserable. Have a Bermudagrass lawn? Pollen from flowering Bermudagrass is a major contributor to summer allergies.

Fall

Fall allergies in North Texas are mostly frequently caused by Cedar Elm. Cedar elms begin to bloom in late summer & early fall. Ragweed also irritates many an allergy sufferer during late summer and fall.

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Cedar Elms blooming in late summer causes allergies for many.

You may have noticed that the majority of allergy-triggering trees are some of the best shade trees for our area. That means we’re pretty much surrounded by them. But there are good alternatives if you need to plant new trees in your landscape that won’t send your allergies into overdrive.

If you need help choosing & planting the right tree this fall, we can help!

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