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Deal With Snow Mold Effectively In A Way Most People Don’t Know

Deal With Snow Mold Effectively In A Way Most People Don’t Know

We all want our homes to look as beautiful as possible and be as healthy as possible. This is a struggle like everything else, since signs of use show as time passes. The elements, accidents and various other destructive factors make diligence and repair a crucial thing. The living parts of our home are probably most difficult to maintain. Keeping the lawn healthy and good-looking is pretty complicated but it is not impossible. With proper care, you can always be proud of your lawn. Winter is probably one of the biggest enemies of a well-groomed lawn and its owner. Those of us that really put in work into our lawns always worry when the winter comes. Snow mold is probably one of the most widespread problems people are faced with at the end of winter, and a lot of them panic. Snow mold can be dangerous if not treated, but it is not something that can’t be handled if you know what you are doing.

What is snow mold and why you should worry about it

There are two types of snow mold, pink and gray, and it is a type of fungus that forms on grass in late winter. It usually takes a circular form and can seriously harm your lawn if not handled properly as soon as possible. These circular patches really stand out and on top of being unsightly, they can cause real damage. It is dormant in the summertime but during winter, safely tucked in under layers of snow, it can grow quite rapidly and turn into a potential disaster. However, there is no reason to panic, as it is not that difficult to get it under control, but you still need to take some preventive measures.

1. Do some fall clean up

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Cleaning yard in the fall

    One of the crucial factors in the development of snow mold on lawns is leftover dead foliage which gets covered by the snow. It is a great growth catalyst for grey mold, and we want to avoid this. Simply clean up your lawn of dead leaves in the fall before snow gets a chance to cover it up. Make sure you follow the weather forecast so that winter doesn’t take you by surprise.

    2. Mow the lawn

    Lawnmower closeup

      Since snow mold is a type of mold that first attacks the blades of the grass, it only makes sense to keep your lawn low cut (about 2 inches tall) in order to prevent it spreading too much. Mold starts growing while your lawn is covered by snow, and if the grass is taller, it will have more room to grow and cause more problems.

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      3. Clean the big piles

      Shoveling snow

        During the winter, most of us are forced to clean the snow from our driveways and yard paths to be able to move around properly. Most of this snow, no matter if cleaned by using a shovel or a snow plough service, ends up on the lawn. These piles melt significantly slower than the rest of the snow. This is why it’s crucial to get rid of it as soon as you can to stop the mold from spreading and creating a more complicated issue.

        4. Apply low nitrogen lawn food

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        Lawn fertilizing

          A lot of people get frightened by the appearance of mold and think that feeding the grass with nitrogen rich lawn food will help. This is a mistake since mold also benefits from this kind of food. Grass has its own mechanisms of waking up after a long winter and can manage with minimum help.

          5. Get thatch under control

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4V9FLNS3lg Thatch is not a big issue by itself and when it is kept under control. When it’s about half an inch long ,it is beneficial for the healthy life of your lawn, but if it’s left to run loose, it can cause a lot of damage. One of the things that it can cause is larger spreading of snow mold, so make sure you do some dethatching to keep things in check.

          6. Rake the lawn

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          Raking snow mold

            Consider this a gentle massage for your stiff lawn after a long winter sleep. A vigorous rake can help it wake up. The grass may look dead but this is nothing a good rake can’t help you out with. It will promote new growth, get the air flowing again and you will quickly see your lawn starting to liven up. You need to make sure you do it properly and it will surely be beneficial.

            7. Wait for it to recover

            Feet on grass

              Don’t jump the gun and assume that you need chemicals to get rid of mold. Apply the steps mentioned above and give your lawn time to recover from winter. You don’t need to introduce chemical solutions just yet. Mold is a problem almost everywhere, it appears and can destroy other parts of the household as well. Don’t ever let it take root and destroy your home. It is bad for your health, smells awful and looks disgusting. As for snow mold on your lawn goes, if you follow the steps mentioned above, you are going to have no problems resolving this issues and keeping your lawn beautiful and healthy.

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              Ivan Dimitrijevic

              Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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              Last Updated on March 13, 2019

              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

              Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

              You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

              Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

              1. Work on the small tasks.

              When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

              Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

              2. Take a break from your work desk.

              Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

              Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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              3. Upgrade yourself

              Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

              The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

              4. Talk to a friend.

              Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

              Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

              5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

              If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

              Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

              Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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              6. Paint a vision to work towards.

              If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

              Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

              Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

              7. Read a book (or blog).

              The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

              Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

              Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

              8. Have a quick nap.

              If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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              9. Remember why you are doing this.

              Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

              What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

              10. Find some competition.

              Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

              Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

              11. Go exercise.

              Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

              Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

              As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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              Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

              12. Take a good break.

              Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

              Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

              Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

              Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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