White mushrooms are incredibly frustrating and are hideous to see in your yard. Getting rid of these fungi is usually way high up on your to-do list when you see them in your lawn.
What are these white mushrooms doing there and how exactly do you get rid of them? There are a few different options available to you to remove these pesky mushrooms from your yard. Keep reading to learn more.
Why Are White Mushrooms Growing in my Yard?
While it can be really annoying, it is usually a good sign when you have mushrooms growing in your yard. Mushrooms need a suitable environment to grow and seeing them in your yard typically means that your soil is healthy.
However, if you are having mushrooms growing in your yard and you usually don’t have any, it could be a sign that your yard is having drainage issues. You will mostly be able to tell that this is the case if you notice a ton of white mushrooms after rain.
Drainage issues mean that the water isn’t draining properly from the soil and there is extra moisture. Since mushrooms thrive in warm, wet environments, they will grow in yards that are having problems draining.
Are White Mushrooms Bad for My Yard?
As frustrating as they are, it is good to know that mushrooms won’t likely cause any harm to your yard. If your grass is already weak and unhealthy, the mushrooms will feed off it and there is a higher chance of infection. Stronger, healthier grass is much less likely to experience an infection from mushrooms.
How to Get Rid of White Mushrooms
Before you dive in and start trying to remove mushrooms, you need to make sure you are doing it in a way that will protect your lawn. There are going to be options that are safe for your grass and some that aren’t, so you need to choose which you are comfortable with using.
The first thing you can use to get rid of white mushrooms in your yard is a fungicide. However, if you have pets and kids, this isn’t going to be the best option. They can be harmful to kids and pets if they get the chemical on their skin or in their mouth.
If your home is pet and kid free, you can use a fungicide to efficiently get rid of the white mushrooms in your yard. You can purchase a sprayer attachment that goes right on your garden hose, or you can purchase a mobile pump sprayer.
In case you don’t want to spray the chemical, fungicide is also offered in a granular. This allows you to just sprinkle the product over the growing mushrooms with less of a chance of harming your grass.
It is important to remember that fungicide isn’t a permanent solution to your white mushroom problem, so you will need to take additional steps to ensure that the mushrooms don’t grow back in a few weeks.
Baking soda is a gentle way to kill mushrooms that are taking over your yard. It works to raise the pH levels of the soil and stops the mushrooms from growing any further. You also don’t need to worry about any harm coming to your grass with baking soda.
To use baking soda as a white mushroom deterrent, mix one gallon of warm water and two tablespoons of baking soda until the baking soda is dissolved. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray all of the mushrooms.
You can also sprinkle some baking soda directly onto the white mushrooms and surrounding soil, then spray the area with water to set it. It might be necessary to repeat either process multiple times to completely take care of your mushroom problem.
Vinegar is another natural, gentle way to get rid of white mushrooms that are in your yard. Instead of using household vinegar, you will need to use a horticultural vinegar. It is stronger and will have a much quicker impact on the mushrooms.
There should be instructions on the bottle of the horticultural vinegar that tells you how to properly dilute the product for use. You can then put the diluted vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it directly onto the mushrooms.
Keep in mind that this kind of vinegar is much stronger than household vinegar and you also run the risk of killing the grass surrounding the mushrooms as well. Before you try this process, it is best to test it out on a small, hidden area of your grass to see if it will kill the grass or not.
Epsom salts are an easy and quick way to kill any white mushrooms that are growing in your lawn. The best part is this salt is packed with nutrients that are great for your grass and bad for mushrooms. This means that while the mushrooms die, your grass will thrive.
You can use Epsom salts by mixing them with warm water and spraying it directly onto the mushrooms. To be extra efficient, you can mix some Epsom salts with vinegar and dish soap as well.
Mix one gallon of vinegar, a dash of dish soap, and about one tablespoon of Epsom salts together. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and start spraying directly on the mushrooms. You should start noticing the mushrooms dying almost immediately.
Can I Prevent White Mushrooms from Growing?
It is possible to prevent white mushrooms from growing in your yard, but it will take a lot of work and effort from you. First, you need to keep an eye on the conditions of your lawn. White mushrooms only grow in perfect conditions, and if you take these conditions out of the equation, they won’t grow.
You can also keep white mushrooms from growing in your yard by pulling them out and disposing of them the second you see them growing. Pull directly up from the base and throw the mushroom away. This prevents the spores from spreading and growing more mushrooms.