Well, this 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?