What are those brown spots in my lawn?

So now that the snow has melted here in Central Ohio we can once again see something that we haven’t seen for a long time….GRASS!!!  But what are those nasty looking brown spots in the lawn.  It looks really bad like the grass is dying is spots.

The phones of Lawn Care Companies in Marion, Delaware, Powell and other Central Ohio Communities will be busy this week with concerned homeowners asking…

What are those brown spots? 

Fear not, it is most likely just Snow Mold.  Snow Mold is a fungal disease that affects the leaf blade and is characterized by matted down, brown spots.  The spots often appear slimy and will sometimes have a visible white cottony growth on top of it.  The white growth that you see is the Mycelium or the active fungal spores.

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Is my Grass Dying? 

No, your grass is not dying.  Snow Mold is only affecting the leaf blade itself and with proper care it will recover within a few weeks.  Think of it like a bad haircut.  It looks pretty bad at the time but will grow out on its own and once the lawn has been mowed several times you will not notice the spots as much if at all.

What can I do to make it better?

One of the first things that you can do to aid the recovery is to lightly rake the matted spots.  We don’t want to pull out turf by the roots but simply fluff the leaf blades up so that the air can circulate around them and they can dry out.  An application of Lawn Fertilizer will also aid in its recovery.  Fungicide applications are available from your Lawn Care Company but hardly ever recommended because the turf will recover on it’s own with proper care.

For more information or to schedule your Free Lawn Analysis call the experts at McCoy Landscape Services, Inc. at 844-4McCoys (844-653-1134).