So the snow is now gone and as you are walking the lawn picking up all the kids toys they left behind in the fall and the dogs toys he seems to be burying all winter you have discovered some spots in your lawn. You think to yourself that you don't remember these being here before the winter.
As a professional lawn care provider, over the years I have received this call many times from homeowners concerned that something was not done right and now the lawn is destroyed.
If you had a lawn company provide a service for you or you were a do it yourselfer last season. Rest assured, nothing is wrong.
What you are probably seeing right now are little white patches of matted down turf throughout the lawn. Some little patches some bigger patches. I bet these patches are even worse along the sidewalks and driveway aren't they. O.K I will wait while you go look.......... La La La La La. Oh your back. I was right wasn't I ? The spots resembled these photos here didn't they? Well good news, Don't worry, I have the easiest and cheapest solution for you that will fix your lawn right up and get it back on track to recovery in now time, and when i say cheapest I mean FREE. Here we go, here is what I need you to do. Unfortunately I can't wait while you do this one so if you read this in entirety and then go back outside that would be great but feel free to refer back to this page later if necessary, it will be here for a while.

Step 1: Go to the shed or garage and grab a light flexible rake.
Step 2: Go to lawn and rake the lawn, if lawn is to big to rake entirely then focus mainly on the areas that are matted down.
Step 3: Place rake back in the garage or shed.
Step 4: if your outside raking at this point I am assuming it is warmer than it has been the last couple of months so why not take this time to enjoy some leisurely outdoor activities because you are not done with clearing up your concern you had with the lawn.

What it is: What you are seeing with the matted down white areas is called snow mold. Snow mold is a form of mold created between the ground and snow over the winter.

What caused it: There is usually a pocket of air between the soil and snow over the winter. Moisture will have a tendency to collect there because the temperature is warmer in that air pocket. Due to the soil being frozen and the snow being on top, the moisture will have no place to escape and mold will produce there.

Is it going to create permanent Damage: The sooner you rake the better. By raking the affected areas you are now allowing air flow to move through the grass blades and reach the soil. If the areas are raked early in the spring before the new growth period is completed then the areas will recover nicely and you will not have to do anything further to clear the snow mold.

How can I prevent it: The best way to prevent snow mold is to reduce your mower blades to 1.5 - 2 inches for your very last mowing of the season once the lawn has begun to go into it's dormancy stage.

Should I treat the Mold with anything: Treating for this Fungi is completely unnecessary. There are several products on the market and several companies that would be more than willing to except your money to treat for this Fungi with a Fungicide but please to not be misled. Fungicide will do exactly the same for snow mold as raking will do.