Snow mold appears as matted light brown areas of grass where snow has accumulated in piles on your lawn for an extended period of time. Snow mold tends to happen in areas where snow builds up in drifts or where it melts slowly, such as on the north side of a house. Snow mold produces matted, whitish/brown patches of dead grass. Cool-season grasses common in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas, such as bentgrass, fescue and bluegrass, are particularly vulnerable to snow mold.
There are two types of snow mold: gray snow mold and pink snow mold. Problem areas frequently appear to be covered with a gray or pink web-like covering.
Cultural Practices for Control:
Snow mold is a fungus that may cause affected areas of lawn to die. To help minimize snow mold damage, lightly rake the matted areas with a leaf rake to allow air to circulate in between the grass blades. Removing piles of leaves and mowing your grass prior to the first snowfall can be helpful in preventing or minimizing snow mold damage.
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