How to protect your lawn from snow mold and winter mites

As the winter begins to truly set in, you may be ready to retire your lawn care routine. However, your Denver lawn may be vulnerable to pests and diseases you have not considered yet. Snow mold and winter mites can destroy your lawn during the colder months. Take a moment to review our quick guide to these pesky ailments and protect your lawn this winter

What is snow mold?

Colorado winter snow and weather can lead to snow mold. This fungal turf disease often develops when snow piles on unfrozen grass and remains there for extended periods of time. These fungi flourish in temperatures just above freezing and symptoms of the diseases frequently appear in areas where snow drifts or where it is shoveled on top of the grass. As the snow melts, snow mold presents itself as circular patches of matted and discolored turfgrass that may be covered in a gray or white webbing. As the grass dries, this webbing tends to disappear and crust over. Although the mold activity usually stops when temperatures rise, affected areas are often slower to grow and green up.

How to prevent it

The best way to prevent snow mold is to remove snow from grassy regions and keep it from piling up in vulnerable areas, like along driveways and on the north sides of buildings. Applying fertilizer when grass stops growing but has not gone completely dormant, can also be effective in protecting your lawn from snow mold. However, if a portion of your lawn or landscape continues to suffer from this disease season after season, applying a preventative fungicide treatment in the fall may be your best choice.  

What are winter mites?

Often mistaken for common seasonal lawn-changes, winter mites can wreak havoc on your lawn year-round. However, spotting these active little pests before winter sets in is essential, as this is when their young hatch and begin devouring your grass. With tiny, shiny black bodies and orange legs, winter mite eggs incubate during the warm months and hatch during the cold months. Extremely prevalent in Colorado, these small insects have the potential to severely damage and even kill the grass.  

How to prevent them

If you suspect your lawn might be suffering from winter mites, you first need to be sure. Typically not seen with the naked eyes, these tiny mites can be identified by examining dry and dead areas of your lawn with a magnifying glass. While you can target the areas of your lawn suffering from winter mites with Miticide spray, you can discuss other treatment options with the knowledgeable staff at Growing Green. You can also try watering these areas frequently to reduce the infestation, as mites do not thrive in damp conditions.

Have questions or need help with a winter lawn issue? Contact one of our expert team members today to make an appointment or receive a free quote. Did you know we also offer 24-hour snow and ice removal services? From clearing your driveways and sidewalks to keeping your lawn healthy throughout the colder months, we are ready to serve you this winter and beyond!
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