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how to get rid of mushrooms?

 
joey tran
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I moved into a new house and this will be the first summer in my new home. I noticed white mushrooms spanning 3 inches across growing in my yard. I went online to find cures and read an article that says mushrooms are very hard to get rid of since they have a huge vein that grows underneath the soil. If 100 percent of the vein is not removed then the mushrooms will eventually grow back. any home remedies or tricks to getting rid of mushrooms guys?

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John Elliott
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You don't "get rid" of mushrooms.

Fungi, the ones that produce spore bodies, better known as mushrooms, are 99.9% beneficial in that they (1) decompose dead vegetation and make the nutrients available to plants and (2) form mycorrhizal associations with plant roots that are symbiotic: good for the mushroom and good for the plant. When you build a hugelkultur, or mulch, or compost, you are adding material that will cause the fungi present in the soil to proliferate.

There is a way to "get rid" of mushrooms. Plow the soil repeatedly on hot, dry sunny days. Break all the strands of hyphae and dry them out in the sun. Then hope for a long dry spell, the dryer, the better. If you keep at it, making sure that any vegetation dies to crisp and blows away, soon there will be no organic matter for the fungi to decompose. Then you can be rid of mushrooms and your place will look like this:
 
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Looks nice. What are my chances of buying a vacation home there?

























 
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Joey, I'm guessing it's a shaded damp area. Anything that will bring in more sunshine and you will see less mushrooms. Prune back branches, you could try core aeration, maybe add course sand. Can I ask why the mushrooms are bothering you. Is it a safety concern with children or pets?

Bill
 
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Bill McGee wrote:Joey, I'm guessing it's a shaded damp area. Anything that will bring in more sunshine and you will see less mushrooms. Prune back branches, you could try core aeration, maybe add course sand. Can I ask why the mushrooms are bothering you. Is it a safety concern with children or pets?

Bill


I have been viewing the mushrooms as weeds and I want to keep my grass as groomed as possible but if the mushrooms have beneficial effects to them then i will leave them alone =)
 
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They will come back someday if the underground bit is still alive but they will only pop up when conditions are right and they don't last long.

It won't get rid of them but if it makes you feel better you can kick them. It's fun!
 
John Elliott
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joey tran wrote:
Bill McGee wrote:Joey, I'm guessing it's a shaded damp area. Anything that will bring in more sunshine and you will see less mushrooms. Prune back branches, you could try core aeration, maybe add course sand. Can I ask why the mushrooms are bothering you. Is it a safety concern with children or pets?

Bill


I have been viewing the mushrooms as weeds and I want to keep my grass as groomed as possible but if the mushrooms have beneficial effects to them then i will leave them alone =)


If they bother you that much, you can stomp them or grind them up or pick them and run them through the blender and use them as fertilizer. For most of their life cycle the fungi work underground hidden from view. The only time they pop a mushroom up is after a heavy rain and then only for a few days to disperse their spores. By smashing or liquifying them, you are just helping the process along.
 
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I'd like to join the chorus of "why would you want to do that?"

Having heaps of mushrooms would be great. You might even get wood to break down faster. Throw a log out in the yard and see if they attack it.

Yeah, compost it! Or dry it out and add it directly to the soil as you plant things.
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