Snow Aftermath

Snow on Lawn

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MASON CITY, IA – The snow is almost gone, and that brings both good and bad news.

lawn specialist, Matt Holub is expecting business to start booming now that the weather is clearing up

He said, “We’re picking up here, so that’s definitely good.”

Our surprise snow may have been a spring buzz-kill but it’s definitely helping out some thirsty lawns.

Holub said, “We had about 10 inches or so, which equates to 1 inch of rain, which we actually had a pretty wet April, so we’re getting off to a good start because we had a pretty bad drought last year.”

Holub says snow and rain alone won’t bring lawns back to life, but there are ways to help speed up the process.

He said, “Core aeration, which is where they come in and take the plugs out. That’s going to help any air or water, nutrients get into the root system and also anytime you mow, take your mower and put it up as high up as it will go and don’t ever mow below that at any point.”

As great as the extra moisture is for our yards, if you’re not careful, that lingering snow may earn you a trip to the doctor’s office.”

Dr. Tim Dettmer said, “Snow mold just really grows on melting snow, and when the weather is a little warmer and when people breathe the spores in, it creates respiratory problems.”

And that’s just one more allergy to think about.

Dr. Dettmer said, “Runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, cough maybe a flare in asthma symptoms or skin rashes. Some people have a little more trouble with their sinuses and sinus infections.”

Dr. Dettmer says testing for the allergy is very simple.

He said, “There’s no needles involved, it’s called prick testing. Within 20-30 minutes, we can tell if a person has allergies, so that’s very fruitful.”

The best thing for your health, and lawn is to clear out that remaining snow and once it all melts away, we can just hope it doesn’t reappear ’til next winter.

Holub said, “I don’t want anymore snow of course, but I sure hope we keep getting the rain.”

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