Snow Mold???

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Snow Mold???

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First time experiencing this and was wonder what it is or if anything can be done. This just happened about 1-2 weeks ago and is getting larger.

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Looks like snow mold to me. I've had it before on my northern mix and it recovered in the spring with warmer weather and fertilization. Sometimes it doesn't recover and you'll have to re seed.
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Probably wouldn’t hurt to lightly rake the area to help let some air flow into the affected area.

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Can you also post a pic farther back of the whole front yard/lawn to see how it is spread/looks like throughout. Is it just that one spot? Was it under alot of snow where snow piled up from shoveling? Was any type of ice melt used for the sidewalk? I'm not 100% convinced it is snow mold from those pics(could be), but wonder if it could be the start of salt damage maybe? How long was it snow covered.
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**lightly** rake it up, not raking like raking leaves but more like when you try to fluff your hair. I mean everyone fluffs their hair right? you aren't trying to pull your hair out but just trying to get it to not be matted down.

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GrassDaddy wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:46 pm
**lightly** rake it up, not raking like raking leaves but more like when you try to fluff your hair. I mean everyone fluffs their hair right? you aren't trying to pull your hair out but just trying to get it to not be matted down.
LOL. I shave my head :lol:

These pics are wider shots. It is in the backyard, so not salt is used. I did notice it right after we got 2-3 inches of snow and it melted within 1-2 days. Despite me having no hair, I did lightly rake it.
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Snow mold usually presents in circles. But if you get enough circles it just looks like one big area.
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Did something get spilled or poured out in that area? Gasoline? Round up? Boiling water (lol) ? A broadleaf herbicide concentrate or the bottom of a back pack?

It’s not snow mold.

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^+1 mop water?

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Those pics do look more convincing that it might be snow mold. Here are links on pink and gray snow mold from Purdue you can use as reference.

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Pete1313 wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:04 pm
Those pics do look more convincing that it might be snow mold. Here are links on pink and gray snow mold from Purdue you can use as reference.

Pink Snow Mold

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Snow mold after being under a light dusting of snow for 2-3 days though? Its not like he was 12+ i nches of snow for the last 4+ months like the rest of you. I dont know much about snow mold but that seems like everyone's yard would die constantly if thats all it took every winter.

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The part that interests me is the area in question appears to be greener/not as dormant looking around the infected area then the rest of the yard. Pics can be deceiving, but almost like that area didn't harden off the same as the rest of the yard or might have some growth already. Not saying it is, but pink snow mold doesn't need extended snow cover.
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Kmartel wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:52 pm
Did something get spilled or poured out in that area? Gasoline? Round up? Boiling water (lol) ? A broadleaf herbicide concentrate or the bottom of a back pack?

It’s not snow mold.
Nothing usually happened on that area. The only traffic back there this time of year are my dogs doing their business. Again, nothing usually with them.

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Pete1313 wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:04 pm
The part that interests me is the area in question appears to be greener/not as dormant looking around the infected area then the rest of the yard. Pics can be deceiving, but almost like that area didn't harden off the same as the rest of the yard or might have some growth already. Not saying it is, but pink snow mold doesn't need extended snow cover.
That area was the greenest/most dense part of the yard during the growing season.

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@ruxie88 dog? How big of a dog? It could be dog pee damage if it is a large dog or only pee in that spot.

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g-man wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:22 pm
It could be dog pee damage if it is a large dog or only pee in that spot.
That was my first reaction when I saw the photos in the first post.
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Two small French bulldogs. I guess it's possible, but they go in many places throughout the backyard. Plus, this is the first time this has happened in the 18 months living here.

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Wouldn't the snow melt further dilute the urine?

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ruxie88 wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:54 pm
Wouldn't the snow melt further dilute the urine?
Yeah, you'd expect that. But then again, how much time went by after the peeing and before the snow melted? If the pee sat there a day or two, I bet it could have browned the grass. In the Summer, it only takes like a half hour...maybe less.

There are animals that pee, too.
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