How to ease the sneeze
Since pollen is the problem, allergic reactions can be avoided by making sure offending plants never go to flower.
That’s possible for some grasses and lawn weeds by frequent and close mowing. However, too-close mowing is counter-productive for good turfgrass growth, plus some plants are so short or produce flowers so quickly that it’s difficult to keep a lid on their flowering.
A better option is to remove or kill weeds before they have a chance to flower. That’s easier for broadleaf weeds in the lawn because they’re different enough botanically from grassy plants that a variety of herbicides can kill them without harming turfgrass.
GreenView Broadleaf Weed Control plus Lawn Food with GreenSmart and GreenView Weed and Feed, for example, are two granular products that contain three herbicides that together kill more than 250 weeds, including top sneeze-inducers such as dandelion, dock, Kochia, lambs quarters, mugwort, nettle, pigweed, plantain, and ragweed.
Grassy weeds are better controlled by preventing them from sprouting in the first place. GreenView Crabgrass Control plus Lawn Food with GreenSmart stops crabgrass and 16 other grassy weeds in addition to controlling 23 varieties of broadleaf weeds and fertilizing for eight weeks.
And for those who want to control crabgrass, kill weeds, and fertilize at the same time, there’s the three-in-one GreenView Fairway Formula Spring Fertilizer Weed and Feed and Crabgrass Preventer that prevents eight grassy weeds, kills more than 200 broadleaf weeds, and fertilizes for up to 12 weeks.
Larger weeds also can be hand-pulled or dug out of lawns using a narrow weeding tool or even a screwdriver.
Some other allergy-fighting strategies include staying indoors when pollen levels are highest, wearing a dust mask when mowing or working in the yard, and discussing over-the-counter and prescription medications with your doctor. Allergy shots also are available to lessen allergy reactions in particularly sensitive people.