Having a clean and tidied lawn is nice because it makes your house look classier and increases the overall value. When mushrooms start to grow, it makes the lawn look unsightly. Although harmless, it is still a great idea to clear them completely, especially if you have children and pets.
Of course, you will agree that it is a great idea to eliminate mushrooms from your lawn. This brings us to the questions; how to get rid of mushrooms in your lawn, and why are mushrooms growing in my grass. Before we answer these questions, let’s take a look at mushrooms and how they grow.
How Do Mushrooms Grow?
Mushrooms survive on decaying and moist plant material. The only reason why you have mushrooms in your yard is that your yard is conducive enough for them to grow. So, unless you get rid of those materials that encourage their growth, expect the mushrooms to keep growing.
How to Remove Mushrooms from Lawn?
If you want mushrooms gone from your lawn immediately, you can use either baking soda or vinegar. They contain a good level of concentration that can kill off the mushrooms in no time.
Using Baking Soda to Kill Mushrooms
Using baking soda is a great home remedy for lawn fungus. It requires 1 tbsp of baking soda and a gallon of water, and you’ll make a fungicide that will kill the mushrooms in your yard. After mixing the baking soda and water, apply directly in your yard; this will change the pH of the soil in your yard. A lot of the baking soda mixture is needed. However, too much is bad, so try and strike a balance.
You can alternate between the baking soda mixture and vinegar mixture to boost efficiency. Alternating the two DIY fungicides will help your soil pH stay neutral. Have it at the back of your mind that excess of this mixture is also bad because it adds excess salt.
Killing Mushrooms with Vinegar
Buy vinegar with high concentration (industrial vinegar will work) mix just 1/4 part of the vinegar into the water. A high concentration of vinegar will kill off the mushrooms faster. You’ll be spraying just the surface of the mushroom; the underground root mass root is allowed to continue breaking down the dead plant matter that your lawn depends on for nutrients.
As usual, try to strike a balance because excess vinegar will increase acidity in your lawn which is bad for other useful grasses. Mushroom vinegar is the most effective means of getting rid of mushrooms. However, it would help if you were careful about how you apply it.
Manual Methods of Getting Rid of Mushrooms from Your Lawn
If you don’t want to use fungicides, you might as well manually get rid of the mushrooms; this way, you can closely monitor the process to avoid damage to your lawn and other useful grasses. Here are six manual methods.
1. As soon as you spot a mushroom in your lawn, yank it out. Pack the uprooted mushrooms in a bag and seal them off to avoid the spores from aiding new growth.
2. Apply fertilizer to your lawn, ensure there is fertilizer on every 1,000 square feet of lawn. You are probably wondering how this would help. Remember, mushrooms feed off decaying organic matter found in your lawn; a good amount of nitrogen fertilizer will facilitate the decay process. Hence there won’t be an enabling environment for growth.
3. Set out time to uproot mushroom clusters and eliminate any decaying debris found around; without these carbon sources or decaying woods, it is almost impossible for mushrooms to grow.
The basic idea here is to remove their food source; it can be by digging it up manually or applying nitrogen fertilizer to hasten the decaying process. Alternatively, you can wait for the mushrooms to feed off the decaying materials and uproot the mushrooms as soon as they spring up.
4. Use soap and water to kill them off. Mushrooms are not resistant to simple chemicals; ordinary soap and water are enough to kill them off. Add a tablespoon of dish soap into a gallon of water (preferably warm water), dig small holes around the mushrooms, then pour the soap water into the holes; that’s enough to kill off the roots of the mushrooms.
5. Another reason why mushrooms grow in your lawn could be because your lawn is too wet. If that’s the case, add french drains to places where mushrooms seem to be striving. Mushrooms love wet and moist debris, so apart from removing decaying materials, try drying up your lawn with french drains.
Before adding the french drains, make sure that the soil is wet; also, double-check for other grasses and rushes that survive on wet soil, so you won’t kill good grass to prevent mushrooms.
6. Just like I already stated, the only reason mushrooms are in your lawn is because most debris is littered around. These mushrooms solely feed off these materials; after a while, they will break down this debris and become out of nutrients. This process may take a long time, but eventually, they will be out of food then die naturally, so you might as well wait.
If you want to wait for the mushrooms to die naturally, ensure there are no wet spots in the lawn that need to be drained.
There are chemical methods of getting rid of mushrooms, and there are natural fungus killers. Chemical methods include vinegar and baking soda, while the natural methods are manually uprooting and waiting for the mushrooms to run out of nutrients. The second method is always better because it won’t affect the soil negatively.
If you have the time and patience, the best way to get rid of mushrooms is to either uproot them manually or allow them to run out of nutrients. They can’t survive for too long if there’s no moist material around for them to feed on. This way, after the mushrooms are gone, your toadstools in the lawn remain the same, and soil nutrients are not affected.