3 Ways to Get Rid of Wild Mushrooms in the Lawn
Each individual may be dealing with different species of mushrooms based on the part of the world they live in. Regardless of which kind of mushroom you are dealing with, it is important to understand why these mushrooms are growing in your lawn and how you should deal with them. First thing to note, the presence of wild mushrooms could actually be a very good sign for your lawn. According to Susie Dunham, a specialist with the National Pesticide Information Center at Oregon State University, mushrooms may indicate healthy soil for plants to grow in.
While you may want to take this as a good sign, you may still have valid reasons for wanting to get rid of them. Maybe it’s because the mushrooms are toxic to your pets or because they are visually displeasing when they grow on your lawn. If you are certain of wanting to have them removed then here are three methods you could consider to get rid of wild mushrooms in the lawn.
How to Get Rid of Wild Mushrooms
Ideal Conditions: consider the conditions that mushrooms need for optimal growth. An example is moisture. Mushroom presence may exist due to there being too much moisture in the lawn. If you live in an area with constant rain then try and build an effective drainage system for your lawn. Also, check and make sure you aren’t over-watering your lawn.
Vinegar: one approach you could consider (with caution) is to use vinegar. One of the active ingredients of vinegar that could help kill off mushrooms is acetic acid. The reason why we stated that you should use this method with caution is the fact that the vinegar could kill the surrounding grass. To use this method, dilute white vinegar by mixing four parts water to one part vinegar. Next, pour the solution into a spray bottle and carefully spray the solution at the mushrooms. It’s best to do this on a non-windy day.
Fungicide: consider using a ready-made fungicide like Garden Safe Fungicide3 Concentrate. We recommend this fungus control product because it is listed in the Organic Materials Review Institute and has received rave feedback from past customers. You can use this product to get rid of other common lawn disease problems like powdery mildew or black spots.
Common Lawn Mushrooms
While you are at it, you may want to know what kind of mushrooms you are dealing with. In this section, we list a number of common mushrooms that appear in lawns and gardens.
Horse Mushroom: the scientific name is Agaricus arvenis. The cap of this mushroom is typically white with a hint of yellow. The stalk of the mushrooms can grow up to 12 cm long, 3 cm wide. Horse Mushrooms aren’t toxic.
Meadow Mushroom: this mushroom also has a white cap but the inner-side of the mushroom cap, also known as the gill, has a dark brown color. Meadow mushrooms are also non-toxic.
Death Angel: as the name implies, you want to stay well away from these mushrooms as they are deadly poisonous. Both the cap and gill of this mushroom have a white appearance.
Regardless of which specie of mushroom you come across in your garden or lawn, you should avoid consuming it, unless you are strongly confident that the mushrooms are non-toxic and there are no other factors that may make those mushrooms inedible.
Published on November 30, 2016 by Sam Choan.