on your lawn
Spring’s thaw can leave snow mould
if melting snow has left you with a lawn covered in what looks like sick grass and spider
webs, you have snow mould. There are two types of snow mould — pink and grey. No matter the colour, when the snow melts and the mould goes airborne, it can wreak havoc on
allergy sufferers, says Jim Meagher, manager for Environmental Public Health North Zone.
if you have snow mould, the best way to deal with it is to be patient. When the grass
dries out, the mould will go away on its own. if you want to speed up the drying process,
you can rake the remaining snow to spread it out. once dry, encourage healthy growth in
damaged areas by adding seed and top soil.
To minimize snow mould next spring, follow these tips in the fall.
Mow your lawn.
A short lawn is a happy, healthy lawn. You
can mow your lawn well into the late fall.
don’t fertilize your lawn too late
Hearty mould just loves fattening up on those
organic compounds. When you no longer
need to mow your lawn, around mid-october,
you no longer need to fertilize.
rake your leaves.
Damp leaves create a nice wet environment for snow mould.
Thick mulch is great place for spores to
grow, so make sure you don’t use more
than 50 millimetres (two inches) of mulch
in the grass.
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