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mushrooms in lawn....?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Exact Rototilling, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,362

    My neighbor says I have too many mushrooms in my lawn. Says I should let the lawn dry out for few days. I water infrequently and deeply fwiw. Before I moved here the neighbor actually took care.of.the lawn and thanks.to.his.scalp mowing, overwatering and high.nitrogen fertilizer this lawn had a 3/4" thatch layer. Lawn is looking much better since I've been here: organic based fert, lots of aeartion, 3.5" -4.0" mowing heights.

    Temps.are.in.the 80's here. I just don't get people. Let the lawn dry out and go.dormant to get.rid.of mushrooms...? His own.scalped lawn is loaded with fairy ring.and sure enough last fall.he.let.his.lawn.go.dormant.to.try.to.kill off.the fairy ring. This guy comes.from.an agriculture background even. ???

    The older the person is...the harder it is.to educate them. :hammerhead:
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  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Mushrooms generally occur when you have adequate moisture for even a brief period... depending on the type and number of mushrooms, I wouldn't use it as a gauge for how the lawn is doing...
    Organic materials will also provide food for additional microbrial growth of all kinds, including the fungi known as mushrooms... if your turf is healthy and is allowed to dry between waterings, you are doing just fine...
  3. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    I see muchrooms pop up after rains and wet spells. They typicaly grow in some sort of decaying materials. Could be your compost source or ??
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,782

    In a reel mowed lawn they show up badly...I see them every morning and they are gone by noon. These are the tiny ones. I cannot think of a plant that can grow faster...I'd love to do time lapse on them.
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  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    What most people don't realize is that the mushrooms they see are just the fruit...the tip of the iceberg so to speak...a huge network of thread-like fungus is growing underground beneath it. What you see popping up in the lawn is simply the reproductive organs.
  6. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,362

    Yes I totally agree.
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  7. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,583

    Unrelated to lawn care, but for a good understanding of mushrooms read, "Mycelium Running" by Paul Staments.
  8. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    I found out long time ago best way to way treatment for them put down strait Nitrogen spot treatment by hand spinkle some around the mushroom be gone in a day

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