The days are now getting short and the temperature is declining steadily. As a result of this, a lot of homeowners choose to ignore their yard. Unfortunately, winter can make it difficult for your lawns, shrubs, and trees to make it through to spring. Think about it, your face gets hit with the cold daily and as a result, your skin dries out, your lips get chapped and crack. Well, plants struggle, too, as they can’t get the moisture they need. This can result in dead leaves, mottled leave, scorched leaves, and the much-dreaded appearance of mold.
Prepare Your Yard & Minimize The Risk Of Mold
1. The Right Fertilizer
Yes, this makes a difference. There’s a good chance you pick up the cheapest option and that’s generally the quick release stuff. The problem with that is if you overuse it, it’s potentially dangerous. If you apply it too heavily it will only damage your grass. Instead, you should choose a slow-release fertilizer as it will release the nutrients over the course of a couple of months. So, not only is it safer, but it’s going to provide your lawn with much-needed food over the coldest months. It also makes sure nitrogen isn’t leached.
2. Mow Before Snow
If you leave your grass long you increase the risk of it becoming the perfect breeding spot for mold, yes, snow mold. So, make time to mow it a bit short than normal before the snow is due to arrive. This should prevent the occurrence of snow mold. If you start this practice for the last few cuttings of the season then rather than laying down and being crushed by ice and snow, it should stand wiry.
Since you’re already mowing the lawn, be sure to clear up any leaves that are lying around. Not only can they suffocate your lawn, but they can delay the spring bloom, and cause mold to accumulate, too.
3. De-thatch The Lawn
Just because it occurs naturally doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take steps to root the problem out. The problem with thatch is that it’s the ideal breeding ground for mold. Yes, a light presence is excellent for protecting the roots, but too much is a disaster.
4. Be Prepared
The most important thing you can do is be prepared. It could be too late if you put it off until the very last minute. Often, the first snow or frost of the season appears unexpectedly. You want to have plenty of time to put these steps into place before that happens, so don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do as soon as you finish reading these tips. You want your lawn to have plenty of time to store up nutrients and fertilize without battling the frost.
5. The Types of Snow Mold
When it comes to the different types of snow mold there are two prominent types. There is pink and gray snow mold. Luckily, the treatment is quite similar for both, requiring a vigorous rake come spring to remove the turf that has become matted. When warm weather arrives it should grow back, however, it will likely be very thin and bald in some spots. It will take time to recover fully.
Taking care of mold is imperative so be sure to contact us today.