Since we have had absolutely no snow covering the ground over the past few winter months, experienced a fairly steady rise in soil temperatures recently and have had only occasional rainfall, you can be fairly certain that your Chicago area lawn will have little chance of suffering through a gray snow mold outbreak for this 2017 spring season.
Gray snow mold is an early spring season turfgrass disease that usually occurs shortly after a cold and snowy winter. Normally begins when soil temperatures warm well before any/all lingering snow cover melts away.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions or assistance you may need for this 2017 growing season and beyond. Thank you for visiting!
When we hear the word rust we usually think of deteriorating steel or iron somewhere in our local surroundings. However, you may be interested to learn more about a common lawn disease that shares the same name. Whether it be the tell-tale sign of your shoes turning orange when walking across the lawn or the lawn taking on a semi-faded orange color, your lawn is likely dealing with this common late summer fungal related disease called lawn rust.
Here are a few lawn rust specifics for your review.
Shoes become orange colored when walking across the lawn (orange/brown/rust colored powder sticks to shoes)
Lawn takes on a temporary rusty color (entirely or in patches)
Usually found during late summer/early fall season
Very common when lawn has gone dormant (partially or fully)
Disease very likely when high humidity AND high temperatures are the norm
In severe cases, rust disease may thin overall lawn (although not very common). Plant premium site-specific grass seed to rebuild lost density as needed.
Core aerate and/or mechanically power rake all lawn areas to break down/remove problematic excess thatch
Perform infrequent watering and continue lawn fertilization (nitrogen in particular) to speed recovery