It’s that time of year when things start to sprout up and grow.
But you might find an unwanted visitor on your lawn this spring: snow mold.
The fungus gets its name because it thrives underneath snow cover. So all the snow we got this past winter means the mold is popping up on more lawns than in past years.
The temperature underneath all that snow sits right around 30 degrees, the perfect conditions for which mold to grow, said Nate Devisser of Weed Man Lawn Care.
“Those are conditions that are prime for the fungus to grow in lawns: prolonged period of snow cover,” Devisser said.
The good news is, it’s not hurting your grass. Only in rare causes would the mold cause permanent damage.
It just looks bad.
“It looks like dead grass,” Devisser explained. “A lot of homeowners might panic and say, ‘Oh my goodness, my lawn died over the winter!'”
But there’s a simple fix to get rid of it: just rake it up.
“You just want to fluff it up,” he said.
But even though snow mold doesn’t hurt your lawn or plants, you’ll still want to take care of it as soon as possible in case someone in your family’s allergic to mold.
It can cause some serious symptoms, said Dr. Christina Barnes, an allergist with the South Bend Clinic.
“Runny nose, itchy nose, sneezing, sometimes stuffiness, drainage,” Barnes listed. “And if they have asthma, it can trigger asthma as well.”