Many people think of mold as a household issue; it grows just about anywhere there’s a damp, dark place in the home. However, some species of mold thrive outside during the winter months. One type of fungus called snow mold is particularly bothersome to homeowners living in the Northeast.

What is Snow Mold?

This is a type of fungal plant disease that attacks a wide range of grasses that are popular choices for turf. There are two types of snow mold, gray and pink, both of which damage lawns in concentrated areas ranging anywhere from three to 12 inches in diameter. The damage can appear more widespread however as each mold colony grows out towards the other.

When Does Snow Mold Appear?

Snow mold appears in late winter or early spring and should not be confused with discolored blades of grass. Instead, the lawn will appear patchy, bare, and is no longer green. The damage can be seen after the snow melts and is mostly seen in colder climates.

What Does Snow Mold Do?

Pink snow mold is a more aggressive form that will destroy both the roots and the crowns of grasses. Gray snow mold is the less aggressive type of fungus and will only damage the blades. Both types however can survive the summer months underground or in plant debris.

How to Prevent Snow Mold

Landscaping companies in RI are particularly familiar in dealing with snow mold due to the cold winter temperatures and consistent snowfall. It is during the summer months when you should hire a professional landscaping company to prevent this fungus. Preventable measures include regular mowing, weeding, and raking of leaves.

As an extra step to preventing snow mold, landscaping companies in RI should apply a fungicide prior to the first big snowfall of the year. This fungicide is an alternative option for homeowners who have experienced snow mold in the past and have had trouble preventing it’s return after attempting other removal efforts.

To treat your lawn with preventable snow mold pesticides, contact Premier Landscape before the snow starts falling!