Attacked by Oak Pollen -- Duration? Tips for keeping yard clean?
March 22, 2013 9:34 AM Subscribe
This is my second spring in my new house and once again, everything in our back yard is coated in green pollen from our Coastal Live Oak tree. I love this tree, so getting rid of it is not an option. I am looking for tips on how to best deal with the mess from this tree and curious how long this pollen dumping time will last.
posted by dottiechang to home & garden (7 answers total)
On top of the allergies and mess, my dogs have started sneakily eating the catkins (the stringy male flower things) that fall on the ground. They do this when acorn season starts too. Some horrible dog farts have been happening, not sure if it is related. I have been trying to stop them but can't catch them every time.
Some websites say the pollen dump lasts 2 weeks, some say 2-3 months. What is correct? I can't seem to remember how long it lasted previously. I am in Southern California.
Do you live with a coastal live oak? If so:
How long will it last?
What is your routine for keeping your yard clean? I'm guessing hose, but we are constantly in a water crisis here and wondering if this leaf vacuum mulcher thingy
that has a bag will work? Will it end up in a huge plume of pollen poofing out of the bag?
My husband is allergic to the pollen--do those allergy shots work?