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Five Tips for Fighting Summer Allergies: Winning the Battle Against Weeds

by Joe Cooper, All About Lawns Columnist

Spring and summer can be brutal for people suffering from allergies. Tree pollen is one of the leading causes of spring allergies. But what about when spring begins to fade into summer? Weeds and grass take over this duty, spreading pollen on the ground, and contributing to allergies that can cause just as much angst during warmer months.

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  1. Care for your lawn consistently.
    What may sound like an obvious first tip is the number one best way to prevent weed growth in and around your lawn. Are you mowing once a week and watering once a day in the hot summer months? If not, your lawn can quickly become a haven for pollen-spreading weeds.
  2. Hydrate against weeds.
    Why are some weeds more prevalent during summer months? Lack of water. Watering your lawn consistently (about an inch and a half of water per week) is a critical step in winning the battle against weeds.
  3. Treat your lawn as you would have it treat you.
    The golden rule has a handy application to lawn care. Some landscapers recommend "treating" your lawn twice annually with chemical treatment; your lawn may need more if it's losing the battle against weeds. (Just be sure not to water for at least two hours or mow for at least 24 hours after treating).
  4. Shine the spotlight on pesky weeds.
    Don't need or want to treat your entire lawn? Treat weeds on a case by case basis using elbow grease (getting out there and pulling) or spot treating using a store-bought chemical treatment, or a convenient weed treatment service. (For you green homeowners, organic home remedies for spot treating weeds remove the need for retail chemical treatments).
  5. Get proactive.
    After you've taken initial treatment steps and existing weeds die off, consider a weed prevention product that gets to the root of the issue by targeting weed roots before they sink in. Most won't kill the insects that are good for your lawn or other wildlife.

Battling weeds is like anything else--it takes attention and consistency to make it happen. Ridding your lawn of weeds can help prevent allergies and keep you and your lawn as healthy as possible during the summer months.

About the Author
Joe Cooper writes education, home services, and design articles, and manages corporate communications. He holds a bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.

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