How to Get Rid of Snow Mold Safely
As the snow melts away every spring, your lovely lawn is vulnerable to an unsightly fungus.
You’ve heard the old saying April showers bring May flowers, right? Well, they also bring snow mold! As the snow melts every spring, your lovely lawn is vulnerable to an unsightly fungus. This is especially common if you live in an area with heavy snowfall and your lawn is a cool-season grass like Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, or fine or tall fescue. Learning everything you need to know about snow mold will help you spot and address it this spring, or prevent it next year.
What is Snow Mold?
Snow mold is a fungal lawn disease that occurs in the spring after the snow melts. It comes in two forms: pink fungus (potentially more damaging) and gray fungus.
It most commonly occurs if the first large snow falls on ground that hasn’t yet frozen. This creates a perfect blanket between grass and snow for fungus to grow from the spores that lay dormant throughout the rest of the season. This can be especially damaging if that area between snow and ground stays around the same temperature for a long time. That’s the ideal snow mold breeding ground.
Snow mold can cause small patches of grass to die, and its fungal qualities may set off allergies for some people.
Signs You May Have Snow Mold
It’s easy to spot snow mold. Look for small, straw-colored patches of grass with a cobweb-like goo on them; this is the fungus. The color tells you what kind: pink (pink, white, or tan) or gray (white or gray).
Another indicator is the sudden return of your allergy symptoms.
How to Treat Snow Mold
The good news: Snow mold usually takes care of itself because it dies as temperatures increase. Gray mold dies at about 45 degrees F, and pink mold at about 60 degrees F. And the effects of snow mold aren’t particularly extreme.
If you want to get rid of it faster:
- Mow the lawn as usual because tall grass is a great breeding ground for mold.
- Gently rake over straw-colored circles to dry out the area faster.
- Delay putting chemicals on the lawn because they aren’t necessary if the grass heals itself.
How to Prevent Snow Mold
In some ways this one is out of your hands because it depends on what you can’t control: the weather. However, there are some lawn fungicides you can apply in late fall. Also, take pristine care of your lawn before the first snowfall by clearing all debris and cutting the grass short. Be sure to follow these additional tips for keeping your lawn healthy through winter.