NOTE – This the is first of what will be weekly posts giving advice and tips for having a wonderful lawn. It will be posted here every Sunday.
This is the first post of a weekly posting helping fellow lawn care partners avoid serious mistakes and end up having a better lawn than the neighbors; isn’t that what this about? Check us out every week on Sundays; https://nancysgarden.wordpress.com.
Snow Mold Goes Away Mostly
Many lawns were hit this winter with significant vole damage, and to make matters worse some have suffered another spring surprise – snow mold. This is a fungal disease that sometimes occurs when there has been significant snow cover for more than a month or two, just the conditions that led to much of the vole damage.
Snow mold shows up as grey or white flattened patches of grass sometimes a foot across, often in spots where there was considerable traffic on top of the snow or where snow was piled up from shoveling. Grass infected by the snow mold fungus is not always dead, although it usually does not green up as fast as the grass around the patch.
If you discover snow mold, rake up the area carefully with a garden rake. This gets some air into the patches which are usually flattened to the ground. Raking also removes any thatch which can exacerbate the problem. A fungicide is usually not necessary to control snow mold spread. As temperatures warm up to the 40’s, the fungus stops spreading.
If two weeks after your lawn has greened up you still have the grey patches, that grass is probably dead and you will need to reseed those areas just as you need to reseed spots with serious vole damage. [photo of vole]
If you had little paths in your lawn after the snow melted you have voles. Google “yardener voles” for all the info you need.
Lawn Mower Maintenance (Optional)
The companies making lawn mower engines recommend changing the oil in your engine every spring. It is not a difficult job. If you let it go to every two years, the engine will be fine, but don’t wait any longer to change your engine’s oil.
Air filters are relatively inexpensive and easy to replace. Keep a spare handy and replace the filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Usually you should replace the filter every two years.
Spark plugs wear out. They often need replacing due to using stale fuel in your mower. Blocked air filters and oil filters can affect the performance of the spark plug. It is wise to replace the spark plug as a matter of course every season. [photo of mower blade]