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Snow Mold

What is Snow Mold?

Snow mold is a disease, which is caused by a fungus, and is active in the winter, typically underneath the snow.  It will become visible to you in the early spring as the snow melts.  It is often seen as circular patches of matted grass, which appears to be dead (don’t worry, your grass didn’t die over the winter).  It will often have webbing of gray or pink.  When the webbing isn’t present, you may instead see brown spots that can be slimy in appearance.

What are Some Causes of Snow Mold?

Although it is referred to as ‘Snow Mold’, snow does not always need to be present for Snow Mold to occur. It can also grow under leaves that were not raked and removed from your lawn, or under tall grass that was not mowed late enough into the Fall.  All of these types of ‘cover’ retain the moisture in the ground that allows for Snow Mold to grow.

What Can be Done to Prevent Snow Mold?

The best thing that you can do is to properly prepare your lawn for the Winter.

  • Mow your lawn into the Fall until it stops growing.
  • Make sure that your lawn’s final cut of the season is at a height of 2-3″.
  • Rake and remove all leaf debris from the lawn.
  • Have an aeration service, which will decrease thatch, allowing for air circulation.
  • Have a properly timed Fall fertilization service.

Always remember that a healthy lawn is less susceptible to disease.

What Can be Done to Repair Snow Mold?

The good news is that,  with regular mowing and fertilization, most of the time the areas of your lawn which have been affected by Snow Mold will recover on their own, it just takes some time. To speed up the recovery, the affected areas should be lightly raked, which will help the air to circulate and allow the grass to dry.  Do not rake vigorously as that can kill the grass.

In extreme cases, when all other methods of recovery have failed, your lawn may need to have an application of fungicide to stop the growth of the disease, and have the affected areas reseeded.

Protecting your Plants, Valuable.  Protecting your Family, Priceless!

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For more information on Lawn Fertilization and Weed Control, or any of our other services, please visit our website – www.deertickguard.com

The Benefits of Pre-emergent Weed Control

Why use a  Pre-emergent weed control for your lawn? Many weeds that infest your lawn in the summer survive the winter months as seeds hidden in the top 1/2 inch of soil. Crabgrass is the most prevalent and famous of these invasives, but there are also many others such as Oxalis, bitter cress, spurge, and chickweed to name a few. These weed seeds begin to grow as soon as the ground warms and begin to emerge about the time the forsythia are done blooming.

Before this time, and before the weed seedlings emerge from the soil in the spring, an application of “Pre emergent” should be applied to stop these lawn destroyers before they have a chance to take hold. Applied correctly, this pre-emergent weed control barrier (thinner than a sheet of cellophane) stops newly emerging weeds from reaching the surface but does not hurt your existing lawn. If this barrier is put down too late it won’t be able to do its job as the weeds will already be “emerged” and starting their steady spread through your yard.

Weeds (crabgrass in particular) often out compete your lawn for sunshine, vital nutrients and moisture. This makes stopping them early in the season even more important and more effective than trying to kill them once they get established. There are several steps to a successful lawn care program, but none  as crucial or time-sensitive as this pre- emptive spring strike against your lawn’s weedy enemies.

 

Protecting your Plants, Valuable.  Protecting your Family, Priceless!

Call us today to get on our Lawn Fertilization and Weed Control schedule.

For more information on Lawn Fertilization and Weed Control, or any of our other services, please visit our website – www.deertickguard.com

Dandelions Are Pretty…….But Not In Your Lawn

Dandelions, like some other perennial weeds, such as sweet violet, are pretty when they’re growing where you want them to.  This isn’t the case when they’ve taken root in the middle of your lawn.

Dandelions

What do we know about the dandelion?

  • The dandelion is photosensitive; its flower opens in the morning and closes at night.
  • Dandelions have the longest flowering season of any plant.
  • Dandelion is used as an ingredient in some wines and root beer.
  • The entire dandelion is edible.  They are high in Vitamins A, C and K, Calcium and Iron.
  • On a breezy day, dandelion seeds can be transported miles from where they originated.
  • The dandelion does not need to be pollinated to form seeds.
  • Dandelions are known for their herbal remedies.
  • The dandelion’s bright yellow color is used for making dye.
  • A good dandelion tea is used for its calming effects.
  • The dandelion can reach a height of up to 17 inches.
  • We can get rid of them for you with our weed control program.

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