White spots on grass - Knowledgebase Question

Mooresville, In
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Question by howdeesmith
November 23, 2009
When I was mowing my lawn, I noticed on some sections of grass there was some white coloring on the blades. What is this and is there a solution?

Answer from NGA
November 23, 2009
White spots in the lawn can indicate a fungal disease, or it could simply be a reaction to the weather. Sometimes there will be a white fungus (such as snow mold) on the dead grass blades, but the live turf is fine. If the white patches look hairy or fuzzy, this may be the case. If it is, you need to use a leaf rake to "fluff up" the grass. Don't leave any matted areas. This allows air to circulate, and helps control the fungus. Proper lawn management will reduce the danger of molds. Management practices include keeping the lawn mowed in the fall so that there is no thick mat of grass for the molds to develop on. At this point, regular mowing and raking up any matted areas should control the problem. Best wishes with your lawn.

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