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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 September 16, 2019

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

              We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

              The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

              Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

              1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

              Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

              For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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              • (1) Research
              • (2) Deciding the topic
              • (3) Creating the outline
              • (4) Drafting the content
              • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
              • (6) Revision
              • (7) etc.

              Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

              2. Change Your Environment

              Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

              One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

              3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

              Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

              Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

              My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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              Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

              4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

              If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

              Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

              I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

              5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

              I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

              Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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              As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

              6. Get a Buddy

              Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

              I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

              7. Tell Others About Your Goals

              This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

              For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

              8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

              What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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              9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

              If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

              Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

              10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

              Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

              Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

              11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

              At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

              Reality check:

              I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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