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How to Eliminate Lawn Mushrooms

November 16, 2010

It’s that time of year, when cute little mushrooms start popping up in the lawn. However, if left alone, they won’t stay little or cute, and they will spread.

Mushrooms are the fruit of a fungi growing on dead or decaying matter in the soil. Lawn mushrooms feed off rotting mulch or thatch, animal waste, tree stumps and dead or dying roots. If your lawn mushrooms are large, it’s because they are receiving a good amount of food. Although chemicals may get rid of any present mushrooms, the soil will remain infected with the fungus. In most cases, it would be impossible to replace the soil, which means the mushrooms will probably return. If you don’t want to use (or keep reapplying) chemicals, here are some organic methods to help eliminate or decrease lawn mushrooms:

  • De-thatch the lawn
  • Clean up pet waste
  • Remove rotting mulch
  • Remove old tree stumps and roots
  • Hand pick, rake, or mow over the mushrooms to reduce spores from spreading.

 Note:  Never consume wild mushrooms. Many are deadly to children and adults.

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