Five Steps to Killing Mushrooms

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Most of the time, mushrooms aren’t dangerous. While there are cases where mushrooms caused lawn diseases, these are few and far between. However, a lot of gardeners don’t want mushrooms in their yard because they feel these plants lower the overall appeal. That’s why they look for ways to kill the fungus. It’s important to note, though, the mushroom itself is just the fruit of the fungi. In other words, by eliminating the mushroom, it won’t stop any re-growth because the mycelia is still active.

Five steps to killing mushrooms

Step One: Get rid of the moisture in the atmosphere

Mushrooms tend to thrive in wet soil, so if possible, reduce the amount of moisture found in the area. While you obviously don’t have any control over the weather, you can slow down on the amount of watering you do in that exact area. That alone will help tremendously.

Step Two: Do Away with Any Decaying Elements

When items start to decay around mushrooms, this actually helps them grow. That’s why you must eliminate anything that’s dying in your yard. For instance, grass clippings should be tossed right after mowing. You can do this by raking them up and then throwing them in a huge garbage bag. Besides this, you should also make sure to pick up any pet waste in your yard, as well as have true stumps completely removed.

Step Three: Increase the Light

As most gardeners know, mushrooms grow and develop best in areas that are shady. Due to this, if you want to kill the fungi in your yard, you should make sure that they receive plenty of sunshine and light. If needed, cut down tree limbs or any other objects that are blocking the mushrooms from getting sunlight.

Step Four: Get Moisture and Air Flowing Through the Ground

You want to make sure that the moisture and air are being penetrated properly into the ground. That’s why if getting rid of these mushrooms is a big ordeal for you, you should look into aerating the ground using an aerator. This will prevent the mushrooms from laying in a moist environment, which is ideal for them.

Step Five: Employ Natural Fungicide

Lastly, spray natural fungicide, such as a vinegar mixture, over the entire area, as this will help prevent fungus from growing in the area in the future.