Tips for Getting Along with the Nastiest of Neighbors: Ragweed

In our household, we have multiple food allergies and environmental allergies.  When I lived in Kentucky, my allergies seemed to be worse in the springFantasticallyfreeragweed with all of the tree pollen visibly covering every horizontal surface outside. Living in the midwest, I have gotten acquainted with one of the nastiest neighbors you can have.

You see, our yard backs up to a nature preserve–which is awesome.  However, when our house was being built, the builders cleared a little too much brush and, being the opportunistic weed that it is, ragweed moved in very quickly. You can see it in the center of the photo to the right.

Ragweed is extremely hard to get rid of because it is a rather tenacious and invasive weed, and in our particular circumstance, it lies on  a protected  nature preserve.  This wouldn’t be so bad if our whole family wasn’t allergic to it.

Ragweed is responsible for widespread and severe allergies across the U.S from the late summer/early fall until frost.  Each plant produces about a billion highly-allergenic pollen spores that can be carried by the wind for hundreds of miles.  It is commonly considered to be the most heinous pollen allergens there is. Needless to say, it is very difficult to avoid.

So what do you do to minimize exposure to ragweed?

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