Mushrooms on flower bed - Knowledgebase Question

Chagrin Falls, Oh
Question by hptackova
April 28, 2010
Hi, would you please help me with mushrooms on our flower bed. We put mulch on it 2 years ago and since then we have mushrooms on the top of the soil. It looks like Lycoperdon perlatum, but brown color. How we can get rid of them??? We want to plant gladiolus there now in spring. Thank you, Hana

Answer from NGA
April 28, 2010


The mushrooms are growing because of the mulch - As long as the mulch is continuing to decompose, it can support mushroom growth. Raking out the mushrooms before the gills open and they spread their spores will help lower the population. You can also rake through the mulch material periodically to incorporate some fresh air which will also help discourage mushroom growth. You can go ahead and plant your gladiolus corms. Them mushrooms won't bother living plants; they get their nutrients from decomposing organic matter. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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