When taking care of your lawn, weeds aren’t the only eyesore you may deal with. After working so hard for a well-manicured landscape, the last things you want to see are sprouting mushrooms. While they are definitely a nuisance, you can rest assured that they aren’t harmful to your lawn. They’re actually a sign of healthy soil. But why are mushrooms popping up in your lawn?
What Causes Mushrooms in Your Lawn
While most mushrooms are not threatening to a lawn, they still aren’t pretty. Mushrooms are considered an “environmental condition” in a lawn. They thrive and grow in humid or wet weather conditions. With Atlanta humidity and lawns that experience prolonged periods of rain, mushrooms are most likely right around the corner. While the weather can cause them to come and go on the surface, mushrooms come from organic matter growing in the soil. They will come back year after year when conditions are right, as long as that organic matter is present.
How to Get Rid of Mushrooms
Mushrooms will come and go on their own, but chemically, there isn’t much that can be done. However, if you want to get rid of mushrooms in your lawn sooner than later, they can be plucked, kicked over, or mowed down. If you have curious pets or kids on the lawn, it’s best to remove them by hand. Fungicides are not recommended as they are proven fairly ineffective. They will also lessen as the weather dries up. No matter what, they will eventually return if the source from below is not removed.
Keeping Your Lawn Healthy
All in all, when it comes to lawn fungus, mushrooms are nothing to worry about. Although unwelcome, they may pop up at some point. Other diseases in the lawn, such as dollar spot fungus or brown patch, can be more worrisome. While not all lawn stressors are damaging, it’s important to make sure any possible disease or threatening insect is addressed as soon as you can. At All Turf Lawn Care, our monthly lawn care program includes fungicides and insecticides for no additional cost. Due to the unpredictable nature of a lawn, that can save you a lot of money in the long run. If you’re looking for assistance in keeping your Atlanta lawn healthy and green all year, contact us for a free estimate.