The robust and sturdy cedar tree is a predominant evergreen in Texas, especially in the Hill Country. They can be beautiful or very annoying depending upon your point of view. Older cedar appears gorgeous and provide shade, food, and wildlife habitat in a region that can become devoid of natural benefits during the grueling Texas droughts.
However if you happen to been one of the many people who are allergic to the pollen it can be a nightmare. Those itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezes.
It is not really a fever, but can certainly give you the general feeling of flu-like malaise. It seems we have only ourselves to blame. Certain pollutants increase stress on the plant, resulting in the pollen that enhances the allergic response in people. Burrough's Landscaping can recommend the right treatment for all of your planting needs.
The silver lining to all of this is the timing. Stay inside and avoid the pollen. If you must go outdoors go when the pollen is at its lowest which is during the afternoon or evening. This can keep you healthy and avoid cabin fever.
Although there is no real cure for cedar allergies, there may be hope for peaceful coexistence in the near future.
By Peggy Cunningham