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Mottled and unsightly patches all over your lawn after this winter ?

Have you got mottled and unsightly patches all over your lawn after this winter ? This widespread problem is almost certainly caused by snow mould, a fungal disease which occurs when grass lies under a blanket of snow for long periods, being deprived of air and light.

This is usually prevented in a professional turf growing situation by the application of a fungicide in late autumn accompanied by a balanced nutrition programme, and I am delighted to see that most of our turf has come out of this extreme winter in a very good condition.

On a domestic lawn, there should not be a long term problem. As soon as the soil warms up the grass will begin to grow, and a spring fertilizer can be applied to aid recovery. Note that fertilizers should not be applied too early to cold, waterlogged soils.