Tree Pollen Season Begins

It didn't take long! Our first wave of spring fever has sent a message to the forests. Your long winter dormancy is soon at its painful end. Tony blogs about the pollen season ahead.

Just back from my daily walk and sure enough, the signs of spring abound. The bluegill are moving in the fishing pond and the mother goose is in her spring mating curl at the lake shore. As the kids get off the school bus, they are clad in shirt sleeves coincident with the March sun climbing higher in the sky. Add it all up and the trees are taking a cue from Mother Nature and showing their first signs of life.

Indeed tree buds are swelling on the sugar maple and some of the early ornamentals like the pear and redbud. In another week, look for the Bradford Pear to emerge as we begin the most dazzling season of all, the spring rebirth of our trees.

Of course when buds swell, we know the tree pollen season is beginning. Granted it's a quiet start here in early March thanks to the long cold winter, but trees have indeed awakened from their winter slumber and that means the first whiffs of pollen are infiltrating the air.

Peak pollination will of course depend on the weather, but I look for the last week of March to see the first genuine spike in levels with mid to late April the time to produce the "meteoric" values that are a by-product of living in one of the most prolific regions of the world for trees to thrive!

I will keep you posted here at WSAZ.COM and at 5:58 pm every day (when radar is not active) this spring with a daily pollen report.
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