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Fungal Diseases That Can Damage Your Lawn During & After Winter

Fungal Diseases That Can Damage Your Lawn During & After Winter

Although Winter can be tough on us as humans, it can also have severe consequences for your lawn.  The layer of snow and ice laying on top of your grass during Winter creates a haven for fungus to thrive, despite the frigid temperatures.  Once the Spring thaw-out begins, things begin to cascade into even more dire circumstances for diseases to develop and regenerate.  Here we discuss two common Winter lawn diseases and how to treat and prevent them.  To learn about some other lawn problems we suggest you read our post here : 6 Common Lawn Problems and How to Fix Them   Gray Snow Mold This disease appears in temperatures between 32-45 degrees F.  It is caused by snow cover over wet, unfrozen ground.  Usually following snow melt in late Winter, you can start to see signs of this fungus take over your lawn.  From far you will notice patches of dead, bleached colored areas, up to several feet in diameter.  It can sometimes be mistaken for patches of road salt due to the time of it’s emergence. Getting a closer look can help you to really determine if you have this fungus starting to take over your lawn. Upon closer inspection you should see water-soaked, matted circular areas.  These areas will be covered with gray fungal “thread-like” structures.  This is the fruiting bodies of the disease, and help it to spread. If you happen to come upon this disease during a drier period you will notice grass blades are brittle and gray to silver in color. Learn more here about How To Revive Your Lawn After Winter...