You may or may not know this but….
SUMMER IS ON IT’S WAY!!!!
As the warm weather begins its approach and the snow begins to melt, you may start to see Snow Mold in your yards. In this blog post, we’ll give you some perspectives on what snow mold is, and how you can treat it (to best protect your yard) this Spring.
What exactly is snow mold?
Snow mold is exactly what it sounds like, a mold that is created by snow. Essentially, it’s a cold-weather fungi that affects cooler-season grasses. You can diagnose snow mold by its circular patches of dead grass (it may also be matted). Likely, you’ll also find fungal material that forms around these dead patches, known as Mycelium (the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a network of fine white filaments). Above is an example of what snow mold will look like.
How do I get rid of snow mold?
Typically, snow mold will get rid of itself as the weather improves. YOu may want to give your lawn a good raking in the Spring months to simply get rid of any debris or mold that may have built up (or doesn’t go away). If there are dead patches from the mold, you can either reseed or re-sod; depends on your preference. If you’re looking for professional help, our TGC team would be more than happy to help you restore your lawn from any harsh Winter happenings, including snow mold.
How can I prevent snow mold in the future?
Preventing snow mold really comes down to this: did you plan ahead before the snow falls, or not? If the snow has already covered the ground for the winter, there isn’t much you can do. However, here are a few things you can do before the snow falls:
- Give your lawn the proper fertilization for Winter
- Cut your grass a little (extra) shorter on the last cut of the year
- Mulch any leaves in your yard to get rid of places where mold can grow
Whether you have snow mold, want to better protect your yard from it over the Summer months (in preparation for Winter), or just have some quetsions. Our team is happy to help. Give us a call today!
Cheers to Summer!