Gardening Advice #1: Mushrooms

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Blog entry by Brat Princess In The Garden posted 09-20-2009 06:46 PM 2042 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everyone, its been too long I know but I have been having computer problems. I have a question for you. I have been having a good run with my grass in the backyard, its really coming along nicely, not sure what kind it is but it beautiful and green which is all I care about. Though in the shady spots I am having problems with Mushrooms growing, I assume they are not the poison kind but I just don’t want to take any chances. Does anyone know how to keep them under control without harming the newly grown baby grass ???? Aside from going and picking them every few hours, I would prefer without chemicals. Any thoughts and advice would be helpful


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posted 09-20-2009 07:31 PM

Firstly, assume they ARE poisonous, unless proven otherwise.
Secondly, I have no idea how to get rid of them.

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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posted 09-20-2009 07:40 PM

Personally, I let mushrooms be where ever they decide to grow. Fungi are helping break down organic matter into soil and I view the presence of mushrooms as part of a healthy community of microorganisms in the soil. It is also my experience that the part of the mushrooms we see, the fruiting bodies of the fungus, are very ephemeral – they appear and disappear in days. Is the reason you want to get rid of them because you are afraid someone, a small child for instance, might eat them?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 09-20-2009 08:11 PM

1) Definitely assume that they are poisonous unless you know the species.

2) Mushrooms tend to grow where the soil has a lot of organic matter in it. I agree with what Radicalfarmergal has to say about the presence of the mushrooms. Personally, I do not like to have them in my lawn. You might need to do a soil test.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 09-21-2009 08:28 AM

I have them in one part of my lawn also.I just kinda chuckle about them and leave them be.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 02-18-2010 02:17 AM

Mushrooms are a vital part of our eco-system, and I would think that seeing them is a good sign. Yes, I would assume them to be poisonous for sure, however, I have 4 kids and here in Oklahoma we have damp springs, so in my shady front yard, I have a patch of mushrooms sprout every year. They do, however die almost immediately after the sun hits them, around mid-afternoon for me. They return every few days, for a few hours maybe days, then die…. some have gotten HUGE with caps bigger than my palms, and the kids have NEVER tried eating them…. they enjoy kicking them over, which I also discourage. I am sure I have told them not to eat them, but by the time they are big enough that you let them play unsupervised, they are well past the age of putting just anything in their mouths, well, hopefully! I just know that after learning about how amazing mushrooms are in terms of fighting disease, top-soil formation, etc, as well as what it takes to actually grow them yourself I am amazed at how they got in my yard at all, and would never think of killing them. We kill off too many species of everything each year, including mushrooms. They are SOO worth reading about, but at the very least, enjoy the blessing they won’t be there for very long…..

-- Jessica~ Oklahoma zone 7 “A genius always presents himself as a fool” ~Anon.

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