How to Prevent Snow Mold

snow-moldEvery season offers some kind of danger to your lawn. And though you can’t see your grass right now because of the snow, winter is no exception.

In the winter, you need to be thinking about snow mold prevention. If you don’t, you might find patches of discolored, dying grass when the snow melts in the spring.

Recognizing Snow Mold

Usually snow mold turns the affected grass a yellowish color. The grass also tends to appear sticky, like all of it has been glued together in some way.

Preventing Snow Mold

If the snow is already covering the ground there’s not much you can do to prevent snow mold. Proper fertilization can help your lawn before the snow falls.

You should also make sure the grass is kept as short as possible before the snow falls. Longer grasses can tend to fold over on itself, which creates pockets that tend to promote snow mold.

Fixing Your Lawn if You Have Snow Mold

If your snow melts in the spring and you find you have snow mold all is not lost. First, you’re going to want to give the affected area a very light raking so that you can loosen up the grass and pick up the dead grass. This will help the grass dry out and it will promote new growth.

Next, you’re going to want to remove snow piles from shady areas. You want to get rid of the wet and the dark as quickly as possible.

Finally, contact the Wisconsin County Extension. They’ll be able to recommend some preventive products that you can lay down in the fall to make sure this doesn’t happen again!

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