Spring Lawn Care: Snow Mold
Snow mold is a type of fungus that affects lawns over winter, appearing as patches of light brown grass after the snow melts. Fortunately, the grass isn’t dead, but only looks that way after a long, hard winter. It will recover with some proper care, and there are ways to help prevent or minimize its occurrence in the future.
Snow Mold Recovery
To help your lawn recover, use a rake to lift and separate the grass blades, allowing air to penetrate and encourage good soil biology. Be careful not to rake too hard, though, which could kill the grass in its vulnerable state. You can also use a leaf blower on a low setting to fluff up the grass, again being careful not to damage the lawn. Snow mold generally only affects grass blades, not the root system, so those brown patches should turn green after the blades have had time to regrow.
Snow Mold Prevention
Snow mold can be prevented, or at least minimized, by cutting your lawn short enough at the end of the season. Cutting the grass blades down to 2 inches in length will help prevent them from folding over on each other, which encourages the fungus to spread. This should only be done at the very end of your mowing season when leaves are falling, right before it gets cold enough to start snowing.
Sometimes too much snow falls and pushes down on your lawn so hard that it’s impossible to prevent snow mold from occurring. That’s OK, as these tips will help bring your lawn quickly back to life and prevent any permanent damage.
If you have more questions about snow mold, or anything related to the care and health of your lawn, call 330-353-9105 to speak to a Greener Grass representative, or Contact Us through our website.