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Snow Mold

SNOW MOLDHello everyone!

Well, winter has been upon us for a couple months now and we’ve been getting snow/ice storms on what seems to be a weekly basis. Lucky for us we aren’t in the Boston area, where they have gotten about 7 feet of snow! I guess we shouldn’t complain too much, huh?

While it may not be on everyone’s mind, now is a good time to start thinking about a disease that may be affecting your lawn right now. It’s called snow mold. It’s labeled as the first lawn disease of the year. Snow mold can infect just about any type of grass and is caused when there is an extended period of snow cover on the ground. After the snow melts, your lawn will appear to have circles and patches of dead matted grass that are yellow, gray or even pink (yes, it really has a pink color).

There are preventative measures you can take to avoid snow mold, which include following a pesticide program during the Spring, Summer and Fall months. Winterizing your lawn in the Fall just before the first snowfall is key as well as mowing the lawn late in the season so the grass doesn’t lay over on itself and having a Fall clean up.

As temperatures rise with the approach of Spring, snow mold most likely goes away on its own. However, if you find this is not the case, you may need to rake the area carefully, apply a fungicide and/or reseed any bare spots.

Hope this was helpful!

Michael L. Naclerio, Inc.

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Early Spring Lawn Care

EARLY SPRING LAWN CARESpring is here!

Well, folks, it’s finally spring and I’m sure a lot of you are beginning to think about bringing your yard back to life, so bring your “spring cleaning” outdoors!

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s a good idea to start assessing your lawn.  During the winter, chemical changes can alter the soil’s pH and create the invasion of weeds.  That being said, it’s important that you remove any weeds or debris that may have accumulated over the winter.  Raking your lawn will help remove any matted dead grass or branches.

With the temperatures rising and the sun shining, some may want to begin fertilizing their lawns, but March is not the time for fertilizing.  You should typically wait until the lawn has grown in and has been mowed a few times.  It’s best to wait until April or May.

Early spring is also a popular time to seed your lawn.  You may want to put the seed down as soon as possible so the seed can germinate.  You can start by filling in bare or thin spots to encourage a thick lawn.  And most importantly, make sure to feed and water your lawn.  Grass that is fed and watered will be able to withstand periods of heat throughout the summer months.

I hope these quick tips help your grass get a fresh start this spring!

Michael

Michael L. Naclerio, Inc.

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