Mushrooms in Your Landscape

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Knock on wood, but it looks like we have been having a good growing summer if you can use that term. Sure we have had some wetter than wet times but on the other hand it's been good for landscapes.

However, when that normal rain pattern exists in the tri-state, I start getting calls about crop after crop of unwanted mushrooms coming up in their landscape. Treat unwanted mushrooms in the landscape as only a cosmetic problem because when the high moisture and humidity conditions cease to exist, so will those pesky mushrooms.

Sometimes mushrooms create other problems besides their multicolored caps that spring up in your lawn over night. Take fairy rings for example. Yes I said fairy rings and they are more common than you think. I know, what is a fairy ring you ask. Well, you have probably seen them many times and never knew what it was. Ever seen a circle of dark green grass in your lawn or more likely in a pasture field as you travel the highways? It starts out as a small circle and spreads until it can get 100 feet or more in diameter. Its actually caused by mushrooms that help create nitrogen as they grow leaving behind that green ring of grass.

If you look closely in the dark green ring, you will probably see the small white mushrooms that help make the green grass it is in. Again its only cosmetic and doesn't effect the quality of your lawn other than the look.

When the weather changes to drier conditions, all those other mushrooms in your lawn should become a moot point.

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