Q.Mushrooms Growing on Lawn
My lawn is dry and sunny but has many mushrooms growing. There is no shade on the area and the drainage seems to be fine. I try to keep them pulled up but the just come right back. Please tell me what elements or conditions may be contributing to this and how I might address the problem — or should I?
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Eliminating shade and drainage as culprits, look toward other fungal growing conditions like decaying organic material. Fungus requires a nutrient-dense substrate to grow in. This is why mushrooms are commonly found growing on dead logs, compost, and feces. Fungus require a nutrient-dense substrate to grow in. This is also why mushrooms are commonly found growing on dead logs, compost, and feces. There is no way to get rid of all the mushroom spores in the soil or air. And no matter how much you "pick" these, unless you treat the problem, they will only keep coming back. Also, only mature mushrooms have spores so picking them too late will have little effect as the spores are released once contact is made. Get them just as they pop up. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/eliminate-mushrooms-in-your-lawn.htm
You might want to treat your lawn with a lawn fungicide formulated for killing mushrooms. The two most popular are Bayleton and Daconil. In addition to fungicide, which usually require repeat applications, you could try spraying them with a solution of baking soda (2 tbsp) and water (1 gal).