Mushrooms are loved and hated in different places. There are people especially vegetarians who love mushrooms. On the other hand, there are people who viciously hate them. A considerable part of the people who hate mushrooms are landscapers and people who love maintaining a beautiful lawn. If you are proud of the green, nice looking grass in your lawn, spotting mushrooms amidst your grass is frustrating. This is, however, a problem that can be easily solved; read through on how to get rid of mushrooms in your lawn.
How to get rid of mushrooms in your lawn
So many people ask, why are so many mushrooms growing on my lawn? The answer to this lies in the state of your lawn. Lawn mushrooms are caused by a fungus that helps in breaking down the decaying organic matter in your lawn.
Maintain your lawn
If your lawn is damp, this is a perfect breeding ground for mushrooms. They like damp and shaded environments rich in organic waste. Remove any organic waste in your lawn and check on your drainage. Also, check on the areas on your lawn that are very shady and see what you can do about it.
Uproot the mushrooms and dispose of them
If there are mushrooms already in your lawn, you have to get rid of them by uprooting them and disposing them off. Don’t just uproot and toss them in your compost pile. Put them in a plastic bag and tie it up tightly then put it in a trash can.
After uprooting the mushrooms, you now have to think of ways to keep them off your lawn. Mushrooms feed on organic waste or organic materials. Nitrogen fertilizer helps in faster decomposition of natural materials and applying it gets rid of the food the mushrooms feed on. One pound of fertilizer is enough for every 1000 square feet of the lawn. You can add some potassium and phosphorous as well. This method kills the mushrooms and is also perfect for your grass.
You might not be aware of this, but too much of irrigation in your lawn is dangerous in the long run. Most of the mushrooms in your lawn are because of over-irrigation. It leaves the ground damp for long, and this is good breeding ground for mushrooms. Mushrooms go away if the soil dries up so consider watering your lawn fewer times.
Uprooting the mushrooms as soon as you spot them helps a lot. It avoids the mushroom spores from spreading to the other sites. Also disposing of them properly keeps them away from the lawn.