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Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by nc-jrock, May 18, 2009.

  1. nc-jrock

    nc-jrock LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Posts: 133

    looking for something organic to kill off mushrooms in customers yard any help?
  2. FOL

    FOL LawnSite Member
    Posts: 96

    I would first find out what is causing them and go from there. My first guess, would be dog poo.
  3. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Posts: 2,636

    aerate and reduce watering frequency
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Dry them out... best strategy there is to an organic kill.
    Are you on Florida sand? or do you have soil?
  5. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,720

    Everybody who has posted so far has a valid point.

    There also could be something buried in the soil that is slowly decomposing, such as an old tree stump, that may be sending out enough nitrogen to form mushrooms on the surface.
    This is the lawn condition called 'fairy ring', once thought of by many in the turf industry as ... 'disease'.
    Are you seeing these mushrooms forming in crescent shapes, or ring patterns, through the grass? :confused:

    Something else to ponder:
    IF this customer's so organic-minded that they insist on organic solutions, they shouldn't mind a few mushrooms in their yard! :rolleyes:
  6. TMGL&L

    TMGL&L LawnSite Member
    Posts: 243

    exactly... Mushrooms are just fruiting bodies of fungus... Couldn't it be possible that it could be myco mushrooms? idk. I'm pretty sure they can be physically damaged and die. They aren't like weeds when you need systemics to kill them. You could also let them go for a month or two and they will die on their own.... That is if they are like the ones I am used to dealing with.
  7. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    Got Wood?

  8. FOL

    FOL LawnSite Member
    Posts: 96

  9. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,115

    Mushroom are indeed the fruiting body of fungi in the soil are typically a very good sign that the fungal population is alive and happy. They have a very short life cycle and should be gone before you can get back on site. really nothing to worry about

    Marcos is right, normally they are feeding on something, have you been adding compost to the site? has a tree been removed in the area in the last couple years?

    Buy them a mushroom book so they can identify the ones they can eat

    You know what hey say about people hunting mushrooms: there are slow mushroomers and there fast mushroomers, there just no old fast mushroomers
  10. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,720

    It seems like every time I get my hair cut locally, I get treated with stories of either Florida fishing trips, or Michigan mushroom-hunting expeditions.

    The last time I went, this mushroom theme suddenly took a different shift.
    The two barbers started talking about all the different ways they both prepared their catches after they got home to Ohio.

    I swear, I thought I'd been swept right back into the set of "Forrest Gump". :dizzy: :laugh:

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