Here comes the snow, here comes the plow truck, here comes the sander… there goes the lawn. Very shortly here in the beautiful Lakes R egion of NH, the snow will be gone, (fingers crossed behind my back). That lush green lawn you tended so lovingly last year has most likely taken a beating under this long lasting carpet of white. The longer, sunny days ahead will reawaken your lawn – The part that’s not still buried that is. Piles from plowing and shoveling cover parts of the lawn adding weeks to the time that grass has access to sunlight. You can help this process along by breaking up large piles and removing snow from the edge of driveways and walkways and placing it on the drive or walk where it will melt faster. This will expose the grass to the sun and allow it to start warming the soil. Removing the sand and gravel deposited by the plow allows for air circulation around the grass and stimulates plant healing. This is most easily done with a rake and/or a backpack blower. Adding a starter fertilizer and some “organic amendments” like good compost, or peat will give your grass a much-needed boost.
As the snow melts away you may start to see unusual pink or whitish-grey web-like spots on the grass. This creeping crud, better known as snow mold, can cause some damage if the area stays wet and you don’t remove it. The disease is generally only affecting the grass blade at this point. A good spring fertilizer will help push new growth and your lawn will “outgrow” the disease. Gently rake the patches away once the grass is dry and dispose of the debris in the trash NOT in your compost pile. Give your rake a rinse as well to prevent spreading the spores around. If damage is very visible you can apply compost or fertilizer and a little seed as well. The good news is that snow mold fungus, for the most part, is a cosmetic issue.
Call the professional Lawn Enforcement Officers at Miracle Farms to help take care of your post-winter lawn care woes.