snowmoldThis sun is shining warmer, the snow is melting and the air is warming for spring. It’s time to walk your lawn and take a look at what Old Man Winter has done to your lawn.

The most noticeable issue may be damage from snow mold.  Damage will be large, circular, matted down patches.  Don’t panic! In many cases this disease has only damaged the leaves of the grass plant.

The first step is to get a rake and rake the matted down areas to break up the dead grass plant leaves.  You want to rake vigorously but not so much that you remove the crowns that have survived.  Rake just enough to break up and if needed, remove dead material.  This is best done when your lawn is not real wet and on a day that the temperature is above 40 degrees.

When you have fluffed the matted own dead grass leaves, get down close and you will see that there is most likely some green in the crowns.  It will take some time for the grass to grow out, especially if you are out early in the spring. Good’s Tree and Lawn Care will be out soon to apply some fertilizer along with a pre-emergent for crabgrass.

In extreme cases, the disease has killed the crowns or growing point of the plant. In this case, it may be time to reseed these areas.

In any case, if you are not sure or you just want a professional opinion, please contact us and we will come out and evaluate the situation and make a recommendation on how to move forward.