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  1. Why Does My Lawn Get So Much Thatch When We Pick Up Our Clippings Too.
  2. Possible Grubworms
  3. Psathyrella Foenisecii Mushrooms
  4. Fungus in grass
  5. Mushrooms in Lawn
  6. Mushrooms in My Lawn
  7. Re-Turfing Lawn Over Dog Poo
Asked by Cindy Jo on November 21, 2010
Why Does My Lawn Get So Much Thatch When We Pick Up Our Clippings Too.

I have read how great it is to leave grass clipping on the ground for soil nutrients. We pick up our grass clippings and still have too much thatch. What are we doing wrong?

ANSWERS
Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Thatch is actually not caused by lawn clippings. This is a common misbelief. It occurs when dead material builds up from the bottom of the lawn, rather than the top. Common causes of thatch are overwatering or overuse of high nitrogen fertilizer or mowing the blades to short.

 

I would recommend taking a look at how you are caring for your lawn. Is it possible that you are unintentionally doing one of these things?

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Asked by Anonymous on November 22, 2010
Possible Grubworms

I have a few brown spots in my yard, but they also look like someone had spilled some gas or something that look like burnt tips along grass blades. Do I possibly have grubworms?

ANSWERS
Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It sounds more like you may have a fungus. This article may help you figure out which one: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/grass-fungus.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on November 28, 2010
Psathyrella Foenisecii Mushrooms

My husband and I own 28 acres in Northeast Indiana. We built our house about nine years ago and have about a two acre lawn. We have two labs who wander around the lawn. Just this summer we noticed mushrooms in the lawn, and our dogs continued to eat them. We noticed excessive salivation, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Short of picking all of these mushrooms, we don’t know what to do. They are pretty hard to find, unless you have an astute canine nose. We don’t mind the appearance of mushrooms, but we are concerned about effects on our dogs. Is there anything we can do to get rid of this fungus? Any help is greatly appreciated!

ANSWERS
Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

There are a few things in your yard you can work to change. This article has more information about those:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/eliminate-mushrooms-in-your-lawn.htm

 

You can also treat your lawn with a fungicide to help get rid of the mushrooms.

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Asked by Jack@Jbridwell on December 21, 2010
Fungus in Grass

Can a fungus be brought into a property by a mowing service that mows other lawn where the fungus resides?

ANSWERS
Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes! It's possible to transfer the fungus from one lawn to another with mowing equipment, as well as one's shoes, from infected lawns that have recently been cut. For instance, Pythium is a fungus that can literally wipe out a lawn over night and is transferred by mowers. If you hire an outside maintenance service, you may want discuss with them the precautions they take to avoid the spreading of disease.

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roedl

Yes, but your lawn must have the right conditions inorder for it to grow.

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Asked by Anonymous on January 28, 2011
Mushrooms in Lawn

The ‘usual’ reasons do not apply. Good drainage, no shade, no organic stuff on lawn. HELP!! Our lawn is the only one on our block that looks like this! I haven’t been able to talk to the gardener to see if any other of his customers have similar problems. What do you suggest?

ANSWERS
Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Your mushrooms may be caused by a neighbor's yard. The mushrooms you see in your yard are the fruits of a mushroom fungus. These fungi have systems that can literally be miles wide, though in most cases they are a few yards wide. If your neighbor has a yard where mushrooms may flourish, it may be spilling over and fruiting in your yard. Think along the lines of an apple tree that they may have planted in their yard but whose branches and fruit fall into your yard.

Treat your yard with a fungicide to kill the branches that are in your yard. This may be enough to keep it from your yard in the future if the conditions in your yard are not favorable for mushroom growth.

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Asked by Anonymous on February 17, 2011
Mushrooms in My Lawn

I recently fertilized my yard. It looks great and has never been greener. However, mushrooms are popping up all over. How do I get rid of them? I have no water or shade problems.

ANSWERS
Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Try dethatching the lawn. That contributes to mushroom growth. Here is more information, if you have not read the article yet: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/eliminate-mushrooms-in-your-lawn.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on February 27, 2011
Re-Turfing Lawn Over Dog Poo

Over the Christmas period we have let our puppy do its business in the garden. We have been out a few times to clean up but there is so much and it doesn’t come off of the grass as a whole. She has also dug holes in the uneven lawn.

We were thinking of re-turfing it this spring and putting up a fence so she can’t do this again. My original plan was to remove the ‘grass’ that is there and then re-turf, but I have been reading that dog poo is good for the soil, so would it be a good idea to rake it into the soil (as it’s uneven) and then lay the turf on top?

I’m not very green fingered but have children who spend a lot of time in the garden in the summer and I would like a decent lawn for them to play on.

ANSWERS
Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

The problem with sodding on top of current turn is that the old turf will keep the new turf from establishing well. You may want to consider re-seeding over the current turf, but if you want to lay new sod, the old sod will need to be tilled or come out all together.

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