Gray Snow Mold:
Gray snow mold is a common lawn care problem in the spring time. Snow mold is a disease that takes place in the spring when the snow melts. It is a result of excess moisture in lawns that are not strong enough to fight off fungus.
As you can see in the picture above, the grass is matted down, it is very damp, and it looks like the grass is dying. If left alone, this lawn would definitely get worse and eventually die completely.
If you have gray snow mold in the spring you need to give it a stiff raking to remove as much of the dead grass and debris as possible. In addition to this a core aeration to help aerate the lawn should be completed and a good fertilization should be applied.
To prevent gray snow mold from happening in the first place, it is best to undergo good fall practices. Give your lawn a stiff raking in the fall to remove dead grass and debris where fungus spreads, apply a good slow release fertilizer to strengthen the root system. and if you did not aerate in the spring, do a fall aeration.
A common theme in all of our blog posts is that proper care and preventative tactics are the best way to prevent issues in your lawn. For a thick, green, healthy lawn with no weeds it is important to follow the right lawn care steps in the spring, summer and fall. Proper fertilization techniques combined with good cultural practices (aerating, seeding, watering, raking etc.) will ensure your lawn is looking great all season long.