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Paul Edward Black

Plow and Hose: Not so fast, winter!

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Cones on male cedar trees contain pollen which open and release pollen when weather conditions are cool and dry.   Photo by Julie Rydell

So far, 2023’s weather has been exceptionally mild.It is almost hard to believe that it is not actually spring. Mother Nature makes it difficult to determine the seasons in central Texas. Thanks to our mostly temperate climate in central Texas, winter is more easily defined by the allergy forecast than the thermometer. Just as the last leaves fall to the ground and most other plants succumb to winter dormancy, “cedar fever” begins. In our part of central Texas, cedar allergy season starts in December and usually finishes up by the end of January, although it sometimes extends into February. Most trees produce pollen in the ...

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