mushrooms - Knowledgebase Question

murrieta, Ca
Question by wdoubrava
January 20, 2011
with the excessive rains how can i go about getting rid of mushrooms from my lawn?


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Answer from NGA
January 20, 2011

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The mushrooms are growing because there's decomposing organic matter in your lawn. This can be simply a thick layer of thatch or a thin layer of compost just at or below the soil level. At this point, simply rake the mushrooms out of the lawn before they mature and spill their spores (or you'll have another crop of mushrooms in the fall months!). Dispose of the mushrooms in the trash rather than tossing them into your compost bin. Mushrooms can also be 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. Good luck with your lawn.

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