Snow Mold: What Is It and How To Treat It.
Maybe you’ve heard the birds chirping more than usual outside. Or noticed the crisp winter air is slightly less chilling than it was a few weeks ago. This all means that spring is right around the corner. If the snow on your property has started to melt and you notice a web-like mold on your grass…. don’t freak out. It’s probably just a touch of snow mold.
So, What is Snow Mold?
Snow mold is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a type of mold, or fungus, that grows on your turf under melting snow. It’s the perfect environment for fungus to grow when snow starts to melt, and the grass underneath is constantly damp and cool.
Grey Snow Mold
It may look rather terrible, but it doesn’t actually do much damage. Most of the damage done to your grass by grey snow mold is only to the blades themselves, which is a more cosmetic damage. This means that the damage doesn’t go very deep, your grass can bounce back with a little bit of love. With regular mowing and fertilization your beloved green grass should recover all on its own.
Pink Snow Mold
It is a bit more worrisome. While it grows the same as its grey counterpart, under wet, melting snow, pink snow mold sinks a bit deeper. Unlike the grey variety that only interacts with the blades of your grass, pink snow mold will reach down and infect the crown and root of your grass. This makes it much harder, if not impossible, for your grass to bounce back with simple maintenance. You may find that you need to apply a fungicide to fully treat it.
Preventing Snow Mold:
When it comes to snow mold, prevention is your best line of defense. Remove anything on your property where it could make home before the snow even starts to fall. This means raking away any leaves, grass, or other debris that can add to the cover that snow provides. If you’re working with a large property where hand raking isn’t an option, check out our different Cyclone Rake models. They’ll allow you to effortlessly clear away the different debris on your property that allow snow mold to grow in those damp months.
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