How to Kill Mushrooms in Yard? (6 Easy Ways)

Just when you think that rainfall will help your veggies and flowers grow and glow, you encounter the most unnecessary thing around your garden.

Mushrooms have an ugly appearance, we can all agree with that, but let alone looks if you have a pet or a child, the look will be your least of concerns. 

If you have to do with grown-up people, the sudden pop of mushrooms won’t do a thing to your lawn, so it’s not a big deal to see some newly growing mushrooms in the yard.  

Mushrooms are considered fungi, but I’m sure you can differentiate between a lawn mushroom we adore to eat and those poisonous ones.

Why Do Mushrooms Grow in the Yard?

Mushrooms belong to the fungi family and are spread by spores. Regarding Marcus Roper a Math Professor at UCLA that tries to create problem-solving models with physics and biology. He stated that ” mushrooms can even create their own wind”. The airflow helps the spore throw in various random directions and begin to grow a new soil. 

Usual Yard Mushroom Types

The living location determines what type of mushrooms you have in your yard. As I said that having a couple of mushrooms in the garden isn’t much of a big deal.

There is a saying that “curiosity killed the cat” and the internet era makes everything possible, there is a spreading website and an app called iNaturalist. By using this app, you can keep a track of plants and other living organisms. Here is how it works, you take a record of your observations, then share them with other naturalists and in the final stage, you get to talk about the findings.

Some usual mushroom types include:

  • Common Stinkhorn
  • Mower’s Mushrooms
  • Shaggy Ink Cap
  • Fairy Ring Mushroom
  • Field or Meadow Mushroom
  • Ringless Honey Mushroom

Here are 6 Ways to Kill Mushrooms in Yard

Find Solution with Good Lawn Drainage

If I’ve told you once I’ve told you a thousand times, a good drainage system will work fine every time. 

Sometimes excessive watering of the lawn increases the chances of mushrooms occurring out of the blue. Reschedule the water adjustment or you can alternatively add more sand to the soil.

The air circulation with water raises the possibility of turf moving in the ground.

Elevate Airflow

If you have read all the articles, I’m sure now it’s a little bit clearer why mushrooms like moist. It’s because mushrooms have no skin and the possibility to dry out is very high. The excessive moisture keeps them alive.

By increasing airflow, you can make the soil compressed specifically when excessive lawn watering is in question. The only way to fix is to remove excess thatch which basically removes the layer of debris and dead grass.

Keep a Diary for Sprinkler  

Do you keep a diary when you water the lawn or do you just wake up one day and say, oh today is a good day to water the lawn? If random watering is what you do usually, then this can be the reason why you encounter the mushrooms on your lawn.

Water early in the morning mostly, during nighttime the darkness keeps the soil moist and soggy lawn. This promotes not only mushroom growth but all types of fungi to gather together. 

In the early morning, it’s a little bit different because the heat during hot days will make water evaporate faster and doesn’t let mushrooms grow.

Sun Exposure

If you are constantly suffering from the mushrooms on your lawn, I’m sure you have noticed that only in shady situations the mushrooms tend to pop up, not in sun-exposed places.

Maybe trimming some branches around the tree will help the lawn to be exposed to the sunlight during the day and this way you can prevent mushroom growth. You can also get rid of some stuff that keeps the lawn in shade.

Don’t Skip Fertilization

Using nitrogen as a fertilizer, the decomposition process in the lawn will happen much faster. Usually, the fertilization of the lawn is done once a year, but twice or a maximum of 3 times won’t do any harm.

Dig the Mushrooms Out Thoroughly

In case you have tried everything and it seems like nothing works out, the only thing left to do is dig out the mushroom with a knife or screwdriver.

As the mushrooms start to get disturbed and spread the spores, you should be even more careful because they may surprise you with more mushrooms as a present the next day. Add a fungicide to the area for security.

The soil change is another option and you have to be sure about the area that gets enough sun exposure and less water.

Should You Keep or Dispose of the Mushrooms in the Yard?

You can either get rid of the mushrooms in the yard or keep them. They do not only have side effects, some benefits are worth keeping them (well, if the ugliness doesn’t disturb you).

First of all, mushrooms are harmless, plus it shows signs that you have a happy and healthy movement beneath the soil. 

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, fungi allow the water to enter the roots and make a better cycle of nutrients.

Mushrooms are just a sign of overwatering nothing else, but keeping your pets and children away for more security would be nice.

A Brief Recap 

 Growing mushrooms in a yard aren’t bad after all, I get they can be ugly and disturbing, but the main reason why it happens is excessive watering. If you avoid nighttime watering, you will decrease the appearance of mushrooms.

There are many ways to get rid of mushrooms such as good lawn drainage, exposing to too much sunlight since they grow in darkness, and not skipping the fertilization. If none of these methods work, then digging out entirely is the only solution. 

Further Reading

Do not close the page, I have other important information to share. Check out what causes the death of the mint plant and how to revive them or a short guide on the possibility of money tree living outdoors.

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Until next time, stay tuned.

Ella Holmes

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