Snow mold is a yearly struggle here in Iowa, and it can cause damage to even the healthiest of lawns. When the snow melts and you're left with gray-colored spots on the lawn, don't fret – there are things you can do to help your lawn bounce back. You'll need to rake the affected areas to loosen any matted grass and help the lawn dry out. Then, remove any remaining debris on your lawn so your grass can breathe again! However, the best treatment for snow mold will come from professional lawn care services that can restore the nutrients in your lawn and get it back in tip-top shape.

Gently rake your lawn to loosen up matted grass and help your lawn to dry out.

A lawn being raked of debris and thatch by our landscaper in Ankeny, IA.

The first step in helping your lawn to recover from snow mold is to rake the affected areas. Be sure to rake gently – you don't want to be pulling up any healthy grass blades. By gently raking, you'll loosen up any matted grass that has been affected by the mold and help clear out any remaining mold. This will also help your lawn dry out and get rid of the moist conditions that snow mold loves to grow in! With more room for unaffected grass to grow since the dead grass is out of the way, your lawn will be able to start to rebuild.

Remove debris that could be smothering the grass underneath.

A healthy green lawn free of thatch and debris by our client's home in Grimes, IA.

To ensure that your lawn is in the best possible position to bounce back from a bout of snow mold, scan your lawn for any remaining winter debris like fallen leaves, twigs, or branches. These items could be smothering the grass underneath, blocking access to nutrients, sunlight, and airflow, and leaving it vulnerable to the spread of disease. Once you remove the debris, your grass will be able to breathe again, gather nutrients, and restore itself after a long winter!

Stay especially vigilant when your property receives deep snow before the ground has frozen, as that encourages the growth of snow mold.

A professional lawn care company will be well-versed in snow mold recovery.

Our lawn care specialist spreading granular fertilizer on our client's lawn in Van Meter, IA.

While removing debris and raking can certainly give your lawn a headstart in its snow mold recovery, the best care will be found in professional lawn care services. A local lawn care company will be well-versed in snow mold and what your grass type will respond best to in terms of treatment. They'll also be familiar with the different types of snow mold so they can properly identify what your lawn is suffering from and adjust treatment accordingly. They can apply fertilizer to restore any nutrients lost over winter that your lawn will need to strengthen itself, and can even sign you up for preventative treatments so that you don't have to deal with the same issue next year. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

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If you're in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, or a surrounding city in Iowa, and struggling with snow mold on your residential or commercial property, you don't need to struggle any longer. We can help empower your lawn and restore it to its full potential! Our team of professionals can perform a myriad of lawn care services so that no matter the degree of care your lawn needs to recover, we can provide it, including an extensive fertilization program that will keep your lawn happy and healthy year-round. Call us today at (515) 289-2020 to schedule your next service and discover what your lawn can become with the proper care!