Mushrooms: Are They a Sign of an Unhealthy Lawn?

You're probably wondering and worrying about the recent onset of mushroom haven throughout your yard. After all, mushrooms are a fungus, right? Having mushrooms pop up in your lawn can be a nuisance, an eyesore and, if you have children, potentially dangerous. This week, we'll be explaining why mushrooms may be appearing in your lawn and what can be done about them. But in order to understand why you're seeing these around your yard, you first need to understand what a mushroom is.

What is a Mushroom?
Mushrooms are actually part of a fungus that grows underground, hidden from sight. The good news is that lawn fungi and their mushrooms don’t harm lawns. They’re actually good for your yard, breaking down organic material into nutrients your lawn can use. But that doesn't make them any less of an eye-sore.

So how can you keep them from taking over your lawn? To answer that question, you need to understand that fungi living beneath lawns are usually long-lived organisms that produce mushrooms when conditions are right. The top reasons mushrooms occur are buried organic matter, high moisture and low light. So let's take a look at the different ways we can help address mushrooms based off the possible reasons they're showing up in your lawn.

Control the Level of Moisture
With all the recent rain we've experienced, this is most likely the reason you're seeing these eyesores pop up around your lawn. Periods of prolonged rain can coax mushrooms to form, as can over watering a lawn. Heavily compacted soil and a thick thatch layer can create drainage problems, which provide ideal growing conditions for mushrooms. While you can’t do much about overabundant rainfall, you can address lawn watering practices. It may be a great time to speak to a local professional landscaping company about aerating your lawn or installing an irrigation system to prevent over watering. 

Speed Up the Decomposition Process

A fungus grows by breaking down organic matter. In a lawn, that organic material could be buried timber, a stump, or tree or shrub roots that remain underground after plants have been removed. Have a Lake of the Ozarks professional landscaping company apply nitrogen fertilizer to help the lawn grow better and to speed up the decomposition of grass and tree leaf clippings and other organic debris in the lawn.

Get Your Trees and Shrubs Pruned
Consider where you're seeing the majority of these mushrooms at. While not all lawn mushrooms thrive in shady conditions, many do. If a corner of your yard offers high soil moisture combined with low light, mushrooms may appear. Address the moisture issue using one of the techniques listed above. Then take a look at the areas surroundings. Do you have trees or shrubs that are casting some major shade? Perhaps its time to have a professional landscaper at the Lake of the Ozarks come out to do some pruning.

As stated above, these mushrooms you're seeing around your lawn are not a sign for lawn disease, but in fact, are a sign that your lawn is thriving. These beneficial organisms help decompose and recycle organic matter that otherwise would pile up and be an even worse problem. But if you just can't stand the sight of them, you now have some solutions for ridding them. To ensure a healthy lawn, contact the best landscaping company at the Lake of the Ozarks for your fertilization, irrigation, and lawn maintenance needs!

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