How To Identify And Prevent Snow Mold From Damaging Your Lawn This Winter

Winter is here, and you want to make sure your lawn is prepared for the cold weather, snow, sleet, or whatever else winter has in store. Often times it’s the lawn care choices we make now that determine our lawn health come spring.

One of the biggest threats your lawn faces this winter is snow mold.  Never heard of it? Don't worry, you're not alone and we can help. Come springtime, plenty of people will be asking,  "What is snow mold?", "How can you identify snow mold?", and "How you can prevent snow mold?". These are the right questions to be asking! Knowing the answers is essential to having a healthy, thriving lawn now, and in the future. Here are some tips and info on how to identify, prevent, and treat snow mold!

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What Is Snow Mold?

Snow mold is a cold weather fungus that forms when heavy snowfall comes (and subsequently melts) prior to the ground being frozen. There are two types of snow mold:

  • Gray snow mold (Typhula blight) – Much less threatening as the damage is rarely done to the grass itself, only the blades are affected.
  • Pink snow mold (Fusarium patch) – Much more threatening as the roots and crown of the grass is affected, causing widespread damage.

How Do I Identify Snow Mold?

Once the snow melts, if you notice large, circular matted down brown patches on your lawn you may have snow mold.

How Do I Prevent Snow Mold?

It’s not too late to take action to prevent snow mold from damaging your lawn this winter. Here are three things you can do right now to protect your lawn this winter, and prepare it to thrive this spring:

  • Rake – While a thin layer of leaves (or mulched leaves) can be beneficial to rake leaves winter months North Haven Connecticutyour lawn during the wintertime, a thick layer is inviting snow mold. The leaves will trap moisture in between the snow and your lawn, which creates a welcoming environment for the fungal diseases to start, and ultimately spread.
  • Shovel smart – The longer it takes the snow to melt, the higher the chances are of getting snow mold. When pushing snow off your driveway or walkway, try to avoid placing it all in the same spot.
  • Clear your yard – Similar to the leaves, you don’t want anything in your yard where moisture can become trapped between the lawn and snow. If you have any lawn furniture, garbage cans, wood, or debris sitting in your lawn, make sure it is cleared before the next snowfall.

At Naturally Green, we know about the damage snow mold (and other diseases) can do to your lawn. With our disease and fungus control program, our experts can help you protect your lawn now, which will help it thrive come spring. Give us a call at (203) 230-9212 to hear more about our disease and fungal prevention applications. We can help!