In the cold, wet winter months a disease commonly known as snow mould can appear on your lawn, giving gardeners cause for concern. However with preventative help and advice from Essex Turf Supplier, Paynes Turf, your lawn could be disease free this winter.
Why does snow mould appear?
Snow mould usually strikes when the weather is very cold and the ground continuously wet, and is noticeable usually after prolonged snow cover has thawed. The disease forms in small round patches on wet grass, is white to pinkish in colour, and looks almost like fluffy cotton balls.
Before it snows, make sure that you mow your lawn; long grass is an ideal place for the disease to develop over the wet months. Snow mould can also grow under layers of leaves over the winter, so to prevent this disease make sure you rake up fallen leaves in the autumn, or use a lawnmower to cut the leaves up into small pieces, so that they allow the grass to breathe and air to circulate. Use of a high dosage nitrogen fertiliser in the autumn could encourage the onset of the disease, so always make sure your lawn is fed with an autumn lawn feed only.
If your lawn has snow mould
When the weather warms up in the spring, any signs of snow mould should quickly disappear. Snow mould only thrives in damp wet conditions, so improving drainage and aeration in your lawn could go a long way to prevent snow mould from appearing on your lawn. If you have a problem with snow mould this winter, carry out good lawn care maintenance throughout the following year to prevent snow mould from occurring again.