Did you even find mushrooms on your beautiful green lawn? I hate these weirdly fastest grow fungi the most and never even want to see them on my lawn. Sometimes mushrooms grow so fast, and overnight, they just cover a big area on our lawn. I am sure that none of you likes this thing and always want to get rid of these mushrooms on the lawn, right?
Many times, people ask me about the solution to this problem. Indeed, when I was a beginner, I also looked for a permanent solution to get rid of mushrooms. Well, now, I have a lot of ideas about this problem, and some of them really work very well.
So, if you are interested in this fact, just check all the points I will describe here. First, I will tell you why mushrooms appear so often on our lawn, and then I will share some of the effective and easy ways to prevent mushrooms on the lawn.
Why does Mashroom Appear on My Lawn?
Just think about where and where you find mushrooms that grow naturally? They must be some kind of wet place where there is no sort of sunshine. It can be a corner of a building or an abandoned place, right? You will also find them right on the roots of a big tree. So, as we see, mushrooms grow in wet places in the shade.
So, when the lawn has a dump area that doesn’t get sun exposure for long, mushrooms can possibly grow there. The lawn with poor water drainage is also good for growing mushrooms. When the dump area causes growing mushrooms, they start releasing mushroom spores, and that causes more and more mushrooms. That’s why these sycophants grow so fast.
There is another common cause of mushrooms on the lawn. If you have pets in your home and they used to leave animal waste on the lawn, they can cause mushrooms as well. Besides, mushrooms can also appear if dead grass and leaves are in the corner of your lawn and they have water to be decomposed.
So, when you find mushrooms on your lawn for the first time, you have to be careful, right then. You need to stop growing new mushrooms and kill the ones you have already found. And mushrooms on your lawn are a hint of a lawn that is not healthy. So, you cannot sit still and ignore it anyway.
How to Get Rid of Mushrooms on the Lawn?
You may find a lot of ways to get rid of mushrooms on the lawn out there. But I am not sure how much they work and if they are safe for the lawn. Well, the ways I will share today are entirely safe for your lawn, and they are effective regardless of how stubborn the mushrooms are. However, let’s have a look at the solutions.
Though mushroom is not a fungus, you can use a fungicide to get rid of them. Initially, you will find different fungicides in the shop that can help you kill mushrooms on your lawn or yard. To use the fungicides, you will have to buy an additional sprayer so that you can easily spray the solution on the lawn.
There are basically three different types of fungicides available on the market. Granules, liquid, and hose spray adapter fungicides are the types I am talking about. You can choose any of them but make sure that the bottle comes with a proper instruction manual that is easy to follow.
Note to remember that you have to be sincere about using a fungicide on your lawn if you have children and pets at your home. Any fungicide solution can be life-threatening if they come into close contact with the liquid. So, make sure to keep your kids and pets in a safe place while spraying the fungicides. Also, don’t forget to use a mask, apron, and gloves while spraying it.
You should also remember that not all fungicides can kill mushrooms. Choose the product that specifies mushrooms and guarantees to kill them. Also, you should remember that fungicide is not a permanent remedy for mushrooms. You have to use them frequently to keep your lawn free from mushrooms.
Vinegar is one of the strongest natural resources to get rid of mushrooms. It contains an active ingredient called acetic acid, which is very useful for killing garden mushrooms.
You must know that vinegar has various types. Household vinegar is not appropriate for this trick. Horticulture vinegar is far better for killing lawn mushrooms. You will find them in any agriculture shop.
Before using this ingredient, you must know the vinegar and water ratio. It won’t work if you spread only vinegar all over your lawn. Indeed, it can kill the grass. In a spray bottle, you have to mix one part of white vinegar with four parts of water and give it a good shake to make it a mixed solution.
Though vinegar is a natural ingredient, you should take some precautions. You have to make sure to wear gloves and take eye protection. Otherwise, it will burn skin as it can create a strong sensation on the skin.
Another thing you need to be concerned about is to spreading vinegar solution carefully on the mushrooms. If the surrounding grass area gets the solution, it will kill the grass area too. You can choose an area to test it. Just spread the solution, leave it for some days, and see the effects.
So if you maintain these easy tricks, vinegar can be a great solution to get rid of lawn mushrooms. That’s why we suggest if you have horticulture vinegar at home or it is available in your nearby shop, you can use this vinegar solution as a trial.
3. Baking Soda
For a gentle approach to removing lawn mushrooms, you can easily try baking soda. Unlike fungicides, baking soda is natural, non-toxic, and easy to get. By using this ingredient, you can ensure the growth of the PH level of the soil. This is why the growth of mushrooms will be inhibited.
For better results, you should maintain a good proportion of water and baking soda. One gallon of water needs only two tablespoons of baking soda to make the solution. In addition, you should have to be concerned about the mixture of the solution.
Baking soda should be well mixed with the water. Mix the solution until the baking soda has completely gone into the solution. After that, you can use it on the mushrooms and the affected area. It will decrease the growth as well as kill the mushrooms.
Unlike vinegar, you can use the dust form of the baking soda and then add water to it. For better results, you have to do it repeatedly.
Another beneficial side is that the use of baking soda is safe for children and pets. That’s why this one is more common among homeowners. Another aspect is the availability of this product. Besides, it is more inexpensive than any other fungicides as well.
4. Dish Soap
Did you even hear about the use of dish soap to get rid of mushrooms on the lawn? It may seem weird, but it’s true. Dish soap is initially an effective, handy, and DIY way to clear out mushrooms from your lawn. And you can use the same dish soap you have in your kitchen.
However, you can’t just use dish soap directly. Instead, you have to make a solution with dish soap and water. You have to take two or three tablespoons of any of your favorite dish soaps and add three gallons of water. And then, mix it well.
For this trick, you have to use a screwdriver and make some holes around the place where the mushrooms are located. Now, pour the solution into the holes and some directly into the mushrooms.
One thing you have to make sure that the solution can reach the deep end of the soil. It will prevent growing new mushrooms in the yard in the future. For better results, you have to do it repeatedly for a week.
Tips to Prevent Mushrooms in My Lawn for Good
Basically, no specific pesticides or medicine for your lawn can prevent mushrooms from growing for good. But you can use some tricks that will help you prevent them easily. It’s all about some habits and ways to care for your lawn. The following tips will definitely help you save your lawn from mushrooms.
- Water your lawn only in the morning so that the ground can absorb sufficient water, and the sun exposure in the noon can vaporize the extra water.
- Use nitrogen fertilizer often in the ground. Basically, this kind of fertilizer helps decompose all the organic matter that mushrooms like. So, they won’t get the food and suitable place to grow if you often apply nitrogen fertilizer.
- Never ever overwater your lawn. Overwater can cause dump ground that grows mushrooms. You should have perfect knowledge about how much water your lawn needs and make sure to water the lawn properly.
- If your lawn doesn’t get enough sun exposure, you should make sure to make a path that brings sun exposure to your lawn.
- You should also ensure a proper water drainage system for the lawn.
- Proper airflow is also essential to get rid of mushrooms.
So, if you are a beginner, you should select the appropriate area to make your lawn. If you manage to make the following tips your habit, you can easily get rid of mushrooms and many problems like other insects and fungi from your lawn.
Q: Is mushroom dangerous for my lawn?
A: Mushrooms are not particularly dangerous for your lawn. But many mushrooms are poisonous, so they can be dangerous for your kids and pets. Besides, growing mushrooms is a sign of poor water drainage and overwater ground.
Q: Can I use Dishsoap to get rid of mushrooms?
A: Yes, you can use dish soap or dishwashing liquid to get rid of mushrooms on your lawn. But you have to make a solution of dish soap and water first. Just take two or three tablespoons of any one of your favorite dish soaps and around three gallons of water. Mix it well and spray them on the place where mushrooms grow.
Q: Does mowing mushrooms spread them?
A: Mowing your lawn with mushrooms will spread the spore rapidly, which can cause new mushrooms here and there. Generally, a mower cuts the grass from a specific height. So, the mower cannot completely cut out the mushrooms anyway. Instead, it just cut parts of the head. As a result, the spored spread out.
Q: Will Lime prevent mushrooms?
A: No, lime cannot help prevent mushrooms from your lawn. You can use lime juice with other mushroom killers like vinegar, dish soap, etc. Simply, lime works great as the food for your grass.
Q: Can I eat mushrooms that grow in my yard?
A: Not, not all kinds of mushrooms that appear on your lawn are suitable for you to eat. Some of the specific varieties of mushrooms like Morels, shaggy mane, and inky caps are suitable to eat. You can also eat the chicken mushroom, sulfur shelf mushroom, and puffballs as well.
In the end, I will simply suggest you always have a good look on your lawn. When you find mushrooms for the first time, just get rid ride of them immediately. If you stay still and think of applying the solutions after a few days, believe me, one mushroom will be numerous before that. So, you have to be always careful of the mushrooms on your lawn.
Now, it must be your turn to choose which solution you are going to apply. I will suggest trying some of the effective homemade lawn fertilizers or DIY solutions like vinegar, dish soap, or baking soda first. I am sure that they are cost-efficient and will work great. But if you already got a lot on your lawn, try fungicides. And then lets us know how it works?
Here, we are leaving for today, and next time, I will discuss some other lawn facts. We will wait for your feedback. Stay safe and healthy with your green and lively lawn.