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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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              Last Updated on August 15, 2018

              7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

              7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

              Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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              Why is it important to train up our core strength?

              There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

              This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

              Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

              In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

              One Exercise, multiple benefits

              There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

              By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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              When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

              Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

              In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

              What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

              What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                  Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                  Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                  3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                    Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                    4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                      Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                      A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                      A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                      On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                      5. You’ll improve overall balance

                        Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                        6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                          Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                          7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                            Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                            How to hold a plank position

                            1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                            2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                            3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                            4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                            5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                            6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                            7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                            Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                            Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                              How to improve your plank time gradually

                              1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                              2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                              3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                              Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                              Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                              You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                              • Prolapse
                              • After prolapse surgery
                              • Pelvic pain conditions
                              • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                              • Previous childbirth
                              • Overweight

                              Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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