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Lawn Fungus And Winter Snow Mold: After a long winter it is important to watch out for lawn fungus and snow mold in lawns. These lawn diseases manifest in the form of brown rings, brown patches, pink patches, or even grey patches.

Some Common Types Of Fungus

Some common types of lawn disease are Necrotic Ring Spot, which looks like a dark green circular ring, Brown Patch or Take All Patch, which looks like a big brown dead spot, and Pink or Grey Snow Mold, which look like Brown Patch but it has a slight greyish or pinkish tone to it. 

What Causes Lawn Fungus And Snow Mold?

Lawn fungus and snow mold are the results of excess moisture and sudden temperature change. Basically, the lawn can become infected with the disease. Lawns that are not well maintained are much more susceptible to disease than lawns that are not. Much like the human immune system, healthy lawns can essentially fight off a disease quite easily, whereas lawns that are weak, thin, or damaged cannot. 

How To Prevent/Cure Lawn Fungus?

The best defense against lawn fungus and snow mold is a healthy lawn. Therefore, the best practice is to fertilize regularly, cut the grass weekly, sharpen your lawnmower blade yearly, seed periodically and water regularly. Also, every spring gives the lawn a stiff raking as fungus festers in dead leaves and grass. If you rake the debris, you are likely to remove the cause or source of disease. Also, stiff raking helps to air out the lawn which reduces moisture and prevents spread. Finally, aerate once per year. Aeration helps air out the lawn as well and it helps the grass grow thicker and stronger. 

Questions?

If you have any questions on Lawn Fungus and Winter Snow Mold or anything else, please get in touch with Luis Perez at 1-800-465-2934 or email me at luisp@doctorgreen.com.

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