Mushroom outbreak in new sod!!!!!!!! - Knowledgebase Question

Venice, Fl
Question by kateb50
July 5, 2010
Just ordered and installed 4 pallettes of Empire Zoysia sod from Home Depot. We love this sod. It has been in almost 3 weeks! It is gorgeous! Looks like Ireland but we now have a 100 or so mushrooms every morning popping up! We have tried to pick them w/ no results. What should we do? kate in Venice,FL

Answer from NGA
July 5, 2010


The good news is that the mushrooms are only temporary. Raking them out or mowing the lawn to remove them is a good approach. The mushrooms are growing because you're keeping the sod wet = which is something you need to do to encourage it to root. The mushrooms are growing because there's a layer of thatch (decaying organic matter) in the sod. When you begin reducing the frequency of watering the mushrooms will stop growing and eventually they will be completely gone. Nothing to be alarmed about.

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