Grey Snow Mold - Cool Season Grass
Grass species affected
- Late-fall through early-spring
- Grey snow mold requires prolonged: snow cover; cool, wet conditions; or deep snow cover on non-frozen ground.
- Circular straw, light-yellow to grey patches when snow first melts that will enlarge as the lawn reminds cold and wet.
- Grass has a matted appearance.
- In ideal conditions, you’ll notice a thin, fluffy covering of fungi that looks like stretched-out cotton covering the patch.
- Generally, infected areas are a little slower to green up.
- Avoid excess application of nitrogen in the fall. A slow-release, low-nitrogen fertilizer, such as Milorganite, should be used for dormant fertilization.
- Rake up leaves in fall.
- Distribute large piles of snow to encourage rapid melting.
- Gently rake the affected areas to promote drying.
- Regularly dethatch your lawn.