MonthMarch 2015

There are Mushrooms in my Yard

Well, thisFH11MAR_BACHEA_09 is new. It has been a damp wintery start to spring, which is nothing new. With the nice weather finally back I’ve been back out in my yard, and I’ve found patches of mushrooms scattered about. I don’t necessarily have anything against mushrooms, but I don’t really like them interrupting my beautiful lawn. So I’m left wondering how to get rid of mushrooms.

Doing some research, I learned that mushrooms grow from decaying items, such as old mulch, and the decay becomes more rapid with moisture. The growth cycle of mushrooms is rather quick, this explains why all the snow caused the sprouting of mushrooms in grass in my yard. Mushrooms, I learned, also grow in yards using sod landscaping. To keep mushrooms from appearing in the first place, there are a few easy tips. The first is to ensure not to over-water your lawn. Monthly watering should be enough, though if things appears yellow, it might be better to up the watering cycle or search for a professional water service. Aeration also helps to keep fungi out. The air movement tends to keep fungi from properly forming. Nitrogen fertilizer will help as well because it will speed up the decomposition of organic matter, not giving the mushrooms enough time to grow.

As for how to get rid of mushrooms that are already there, there are a few tricks. Like with weed removal, it sometimes comes down to just removing them as they pop up as quickly and often as possible. It also helps to clean up the fungus’s source of food. This mean picking up pet waste, disposing of rotting mulch, and tree stump removal. Some may wish to resort to fungicides, however, you should be reminded that the mushroom itself won’t respond, and you need to get the fungicide at the fungus’s roots.

What have you all discovered? How have you managed to get rid of mushrooms in your yard? What types of lawn mushrooms have you found?

Hiring Professionals

After getting trampled with snow the past couple weeks, it looks like sunny days have returned to Denver. As the snow melts, and I can finally see some green grass poking out from the white again, I’ve been growing worried about how the past few weeks’ deluge has affected my lawn. Naturally, as a proud home-owner, I like to take care of my lawn myself. It’s a relaxing activity on weekends, helps get me out of the house and away from the wife, but some things I worry I cannot do on my own, especially as winter ends and spring comes around.

One of the many problems I’ve noticed has been yellowing of the grass around the walkways and driveway. Because of the snow we’ve used a lot of salt to keep the walk and driveways from icing over. Unfortunately, I hadn’t realized that some anti-ice salts can be damaging to the lawn, hence the yellowing. I’ve since learned there are safer methods for snow removal, including salts that use calcium rather than actual salt, which will come in handy, as the actual last snows in Denver don’t come around until April or May. For now, it looks like I’m going to need some professionals to come in and help me to figure out to fix the damage already done.

Due to not using the sprinkler system all winter, I am also worried about any damage done there. Theoretically I could do it myself, but the irrigation system in my house is complicated and I wouldn’t want to screw it up. Professionals would be a great help in this area as they can come in, determine if there is any damage, and pin-point it much faster than I could. I am interested in whether anyone else has done irrigation maintenance on their own, or if hiring a professional is truly the best course of action?

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