The Q&A Archives: Getting rid of mushrooms/toadstools

Question: I'm getting a some sort of mushroom looking fungus in my lawn, both in shady and sunny areas. How do I get rid of that?

Answer: Mushrooms are a result of something decomposing underground. The mushrooms could be a result of dead tree roots, even from a healthy tree. More likely, though, the mushrooms are a result of poor nutrition and poor drainage in your lawn. Rake to remove the mushrooms, then put your lawn on a regular maintenance schedule. You may need to aerate the lawn to remove decomposing thatch and help with the compaction problem. Fertilize four times a year with a 3-1-2 ratio of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, applying one pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn per year. Be sure to water regularly so the lawn will grow thick enough to crowd out (or hide) the mushrooms.

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