Winter Care : Winter Lawn Diseases and How to Control

Caring for your lawn is not only in the spring, summer and fall! If you want a healthy green lawn, then you must care for your lawn in winter too. Even in the cold weather there are steps you can take to avoid winter lawn disease and ensure a vibrant healthy lawn in the spring. There are several winter lawn diseases to look out for and protect your lawn from. If you see that your lawn may have one of these diseases, then there are ways to treat it


Dollar Spot Disease

The Dollar Spot disease looks like small brown patches on your lawn which spreads as smaller dots grow together to make bigger patches. Dollar Spot disease is commonly seen in early winter when the nights are cold but the days still warm. It is a type of lawn fungus that responds well to nitrogen rich lawn fertilizer and deep watering. There are different fungicides you can buy to treat the spots. Dollar Spot can be resistant to fungicide. Rotating two different fungicides can be an effective way to keep spots from returning. Preventative lawn management treatments are not necessary because once you get it, Dollar Spot normally responds well to treatment.

Red Thread Disease

Red Thread disease looks like as it is called, little red thread-like blades of grass running throughout your yard. The individual blades of grass will have reddish spots on them. Sometimes an infected lawn can have a reddish-pinkish look to it. Lawn care is important in preventing this disease. Dry, stressed-out lawns from drought, cold temperatures, compact soil and not enough fertilization are more prone to Red Thread disease. If you think you may have Red Thread disease, then when mowing only mow the healthy areas first before mowing the infected areas to avoid spreading the disease. Raking the affected areas helps to stimulate new, healthy growth. Lawns that are low in nitrogen are more susceptible to Red Thread disease. Nitrogen rich fertilizer in the fall helps to nourish over the winter months for healthy new growth in spring.

Snow Mold Pink

Pink Snow Mold disease can happen to your lawn with or without having snow covered ground. Pink snow mold is usually salmon pink to whitish in color and usually begins under the snow in winter months where moisture gets trapped only to be discovered later in spring. Pink spots and patches show up and can merge together to form larger infected areas. Pink snow mold can affect the roots, blades, and crowns of your lawn causing serious damage. Raking leaves in fall before snow and raking through infected areas helps to stimulate new growth and prevent it from recurring. If you have ever had Pink Snow Mold before, then it’s possible the mold spores are still there and could return next season. Treatment with fungicides several times is necessary to combat it’s return.

Snow Mold Gray

Grey Snow Mold looks gray and sometimes whitish. It can appear alongside Pink Snow Mold. Gray snow Mold only attacks the leaf part of the grass and therefore is less harmful to your lawn than the pink variation of snow mold. Grey Snow Mold usually begins in the winter months breeding under the snow during a long, snow-covered winter. Your lawn can usually make a come back in spring when new growth begins again. As with the other lawn fungi, raking and keeping your yard clear of debris and leaves before winter helps to prevent Grey Snow Mold. Laying down extra seed to fill in the infected patches is also helpful.

Author Bio : Sarah works for yourgreenpal and she loves gardens and lawn care!