Having mushrooms growing in your yard is a sign of a healthy lawn, but few people appreciate having these fungi growing in their grass.
If you have mushrooms growing in your garden, there is no need to worry. They will go away on their own, as they can only survive in certain weather conditions and when they have plant matter to survive on.
Mushrooms will stop growing in your garden when the weather becomes warmer, and they are exposed to direct sunlight.
However, if you do not want to wait that long, we will have a look at how to remove mushrooms from your garden, as well as how to prevent them from growing back instantly.
How Long Will It Take Mushrooms To Go Away?
Unfortunately, it is really difficult to say how long it will take for mushrooms to leave your garden on their own. When the weather dries out, they tend to disappear, so consider the weather near you and when the sun should be coming out to stop the growth of mushrooms.
How To Get Rid Of Mushrooms In The Yard
Though mushrooms will most likely go away on their own, you might not be willing to wait for this to happen naturally. You can remove the mushrooms from your garden yourself, and here are a few ways to do so.
Perhaps the best way to get rid of mushrooms is to pick them. This should get rid of all of the visible parts of the mushroom above the soil, and if you want, you can pull out some of the roots from the soil. This should stop them from being able to grow back quickly.
If you’re not fond of the idea of picking the mushrooms in your garden (you can use gloves!), you can also cut them. Some sharp scissors or a knife will do the job. You can cut the mushrooms completely out of the soil or just cut the tops off if you don’t want to dig into the ground too much.
If you have an especially large crop of mushrooms growing in your garden, the easiest way to handle them might be to mow them. This will take the top layer of them off and cut them up, and your lawnmower will hopefully collect all of the cut-up bits of fungi.
This method is not always recommended, as it can encourage the spreading of mushroom spores. Also, if you mow the mushrooms, they are not completely removed from the soil as the root remains; therefore, they could grow back.
However, if you are looking for a quick fix or there are too many mushrooms to remove by hand, moving over a patch of mushrooms is an option.
How To Stop Mushrooms From Growing Back
Now that you’ve managed to get rid of the mushrooms on your lawn, you’re probably keen to ensure that they don’t come rushing back. You don’t want your hard work undone, after all.
If there are still spores in the soil, guaranteeing that mushrooms will not grow back is difficult. However, there are precautions you can take to stop the spores from thriving and allowing mushrooms to grow all over your lawn.
Considering the conditions in which mushrooms thrive is important as if you can create an environment that is hostile to mushrooms, they are unlikely to return to your garden. Of course, this is also dictated by the seasons and the weather, so it might be that as it gets warmer, for example, mushrooms stop growing in your garden anyway.
Disposal of Mushroom Cuttings
When you are cutting or pulling up the mushrooms from your lawn, you must be careful not to let more spores be released into your garden, which would allow for more mushrooms to grow. For instance, refrain from putting the mushroom cuttings into a compost heap, as the spores will return to the soil and encourage mushrooms to grow.
Instead, put the mushrooms in a sealed bag and dispose of them quickly, away from your yard. Hopefully, none of the spores should have had time to escape and settle on your grass.
Mushrooms love to grow in damp, dark areas. If they are growing in your lawn, you might notice that they grow in shady areas, where the ground is soft.
If you can prevent your lawn from being too moist, this will help to stop the growth of mushrooms.
It may help to de-thatch your lawn, getting up the top layer of plant waste from the grass to ensure that enough sunlight is reaching the soil. Any mushroom spores will not enjoy this direct sunlight.
As the weather changes, the moisture of your soil will too, which will either encourage or prevent the growth of mushrooms. There are limits to how much you can do about this, but take comfort in the fact that mushrooms are highly unlikely to grow in your garden all year round.
Keeping Your Lawn Clear
As well as enjoying moisture, mushrooms also thrive in an environment where there is lots of decaying plant matter. If you have many fallen leaves, grass cuttings, dead branches, or even a tree trunk in your garden, this will encourage mushrooms to grow.
Therefore, keeping your garden clear is a great way to prevent mushrooms from growing back. Using a leaf blower and cleaning up after any gardening you do should stop mushrooms from feeding on this garden waste.
If you have a pet, cleaning up any waste is also important, as mushrooms can also use animal waste to grow. Anything that could be decaying in your garden is food for mushroom spores and should be removed to prevent this.
Picking Mushrooms Early
To stop mushrooms from growing back, picking any existing mushrooms early is crucial. This prevents mushroom spores from spreading across your garden and settling, in turn growing into more mushrooms. If you pick the existing ones as soon as you spot them, the spores will not have had time to be released into the air and settle into the soil.