Lawn & Garden

Radio: Putting a Squash on Mushrooms

Unless you live in an area with drought conditions, rain usually supplies a good bit of moisture for our lawns. But that same moisture can also encourage mushroom growth. Here's how to get rid of them.

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Pull up at the base to remove mushrooms as soon as they sprout-before they have time to release spores. Don't put pickings in your compost, which has ideal growing conditions. Instead, drop them in a plastic bag and cinch it securely with a twist-tie before putting in the trash.

To make your yard less fungi-friendly:

  • Thin out foliage to reduce damp, dark areas.
  • Use a lawn aerator to improve drainage.
  • Water less-usually just an inch or so of water a week is sufficient, except in really dry conditions.
  • Keep grass short, so it dries out more quickly.
  • Cut their food supply-that means getting rid of decomposing organic matter such as grass clippings, old mulch, or decaying tree roots.

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