Seasonal Lawn Care Blog
Lawncare Alert: There are wide reports of Snow Mold on properties in CT, MA & RI.
Our Late October Snowstorm caused a rare occurrence on properties this Fall; if you are experiencing Pink and/or Yellow patches on your lawn, then Snow Mold has affected your property.
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Snow Mold is a type of fungus and a turf disease that damages the top layer of grass after snow melts, typically in Late Winter/Early Spring. Snow Mold is caused by the combination of sitting snow and sunlight; the combination bleaches the top layers of the grass blades causing circular Pink and/or Yellow patches to spread on your property. Snow Mold usually occurs in the Spring Season but Fall 2020 wants to throw us all an additional curve ball.
The good news grass is very resilient, and your lawn has been Fertilized regularly; therefore, damaged areas will grow out and your grass will recover. Our advice weather permitting, is mow your lawn and keep it low at 2-2 ½ inches; the shorter the grass blades the less likely Snow Mold can affect your lawn next Spring.
A common mistake to fix Snow Mold damage is raking damaged areas. We highly recommend not raking your lawn this Fall; raking does more harm than good. Snow Mold damage doesn’t harm the grass roots - raking does harm the grass roots; the best thing you can do to help the recovery process is keep your lawn short for the Winter Season.
• Regarding Fall Clean Up: Please do not rake. We recommend mulching leaves with your lawn mower; mulching the leaves is the best form of natural compost for the lawn and it saves you from having to bag. If your lawn mower doesn’t have mulching capability, use a leaf blower to clean up and bag the leaves on your lawn.