Snow mold

Snow Mold

The snow may be melting but the evidence of it’s prolonged presence in February remains in the form of snow mold. We took this picture recently which shows the web-like appearance of snow mold patches on a lawn in Aurora. Caused by the fungus Typhula incarnate, snow mold thrives in wet, shady areas at near freezing temperatures.

Luckily, snow mold rarely kills bluegrass lawns. No fungicide or chemicals are necessary as the mold will dissipate with increasing temperatures. Spring fertilization and lightly raking the area to increase air circulation can help speed recovery.