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From cherry blossoms, tulips and daffodils to the sneezing, itchy eyes and allergies that new blooms bring — it’s springtime in the Pacific Northwest (even if our weekend weather already felt like summer!).

Whether you’re out hiking to enjoy the weather or staying inside to avoid the pollen, make the most out of it with these seasonal trivia tips.

How should you prepare for a spring hike?

Along with your ten essentials, there are some conditions you should check before you hit the trails. Weather, sunset and trail conditions can be variable in the spring (or any time of year) — make sure you’re prepared for changing daylight and temps.

What type of environment is likely to grow mold?

April showers bring May…mold? Seattle’s wet fall, winter and early spring months are the perfect environment for mold to invade our homes.

Mold thrives in moist environments, such as bathrooms, kitchens and basements. It can cause infections and allergy symptoms in people allergic to mold or with a compromised immune system. The best way to avoid it? Prevention tactics include reducing indoor humidity and moisture; identifying and repairing water leaks from indoor sources or the walls, roof or windows; using an exhaust fan when cooking; and running the vent fan in your bathroom during showers.

What types of spring allergies are most common?

In the Pacific Northwest, seasonal allergies can feel like they last most of the year. Here’s a breakdown of the most common pollens that occur in the spring (and beyond):

  • Trees (February-April)
  • Grass (May-September)
  • Weeds (May-October)

But don’t worry; there are ways to reduce your pollen exposure, like avoiding outdoor activities in the early morning or late evening — peak times for pollen — and showering, washing your hair and changing your clothes after being outdoors.

How old are the UW’s iconic cherry trees?

90 years! The Yoshino cherry trees at the University of Washington campus Quad were initially grown at the Washington Park Arboretum. In 1964, the University transplanted the trees to their current home, where thousands of visitors each year enjoy the views. Although cherry blossom season just ended, it’s a sign that spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner.