WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR YARD’S MUSHROOMS ARE OUT OF CONTROL?

Q: Mushrooms are taking over my yard and popping up in my landscape beds. How do I get rid of these freaky fungi? They’re stressing me out.

A: There are thousands of varieties, shapes, sizes, textures and colors to explore. Select your favorites, group them as you please, and don’t go overboard on adding supplemental water. Yard mushrooms typically aren’t harmful, but that doesn’t mean you should start mixing them with your salads or let your pets eat them. But don’t stress out; you have several options to consider:

You can mow over them. That’ll teach the little devils not to grow in your yard.

You can pluck them out and dispose of them to prevent the release of spores which produce progeny mushrooms.

You can remove their food source, which typically consists of decaying organic matter (including pet waste).

Or you can leave them alone since they increase soil nutrients by breaking down organic matter into natural fertilizer. Once the ground dries up, your mushrooms will disappear.

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