Given the large amount snow blanketing the nation’s capital, Homeowners should plan to do some light raking as part of their spring routine. This is because the 2014/15 winter conditions have been favorable to the development of the fungal lawn disease, “snow mold.”
Snow mold occurs when the snow has covered the ground for an extended period of time, without intermittent melting. Most clients will perceive the mold as “cobwebs” or “white fuzz.” While the condition rarely causes serious damage, it can sometimes kill grass permanently when it matts down sections of grass. A light raking to “fluff up” these areas will give the grass the air circulation it needs to recover quickly from the suffocating side effects of this disease.
Two varieties of snow mold, pink and gray, determine the longevity of the condition on turf. The gray variety will cease activity when the surface dries or temperatures exceed 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Pink snow mold is more persistent, thriving on any wet weather the following seasons may bring.
The best thing to do, and it keeps the job size manageable, is to rake a little each day after work as the snow slowly recedes. This way your right on top of it and there is only a little to do each day. Its good exercise too.