So you've spent time and money on buying and laying your new turf and other bits to make your garden the envy of all your friends and now disaster has struck - you have found mushrooms growing amongst your beautiful lawn! Fungi are one of the most active of all micro-organisms found in turf, and can actually have a really positive effect on your lawn as they supply it with nutrients that are important for growth and wellbeing. Whilst it is not a good idea to try and remove traces of fungus (mushrooms, toadstools etc…) from your turf, you need to be able to identify and manage them as they can lead to diseases such as red thread, fusarium patch and rust disease.
Lawns are actually full of fungal spores that are usually harmless, although certain conditions can cause them to germinate and lead to the harmful diseases mentioned above. There are several causes of lawn fungus, most commonly: under or over watering, cutting the grass too short, compacted ground, too much fertiliser and high humidity. Whilst some of these are uncontrollable factors - the unpredictable British weather for example! - keeping an eye on how much or how little you are watering your turf and mowing to appropriate heights are both aspects of lawncare that you yourself can keep an eye on.
Toadstools and mushrooms are naturally occurring and it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise if you find these in your lawn. They are a sign of a healthy lawn - toadstools aren't actually the main part of a fungus. Fungi grows as very thin cotton-like strands called 'mycelium', which disappear as it is dried by the sunshine. Although mushrooms and toadstools within your lawn are generally harmless, they should definitely not be consumed. If you are looking to limit the development of fungus, it's recommended that you scarify the lawn in order to reduce thatch, and then reduce the amount of fertiliser that you are applying. It's also a good idea to check underneath the lawn for any residue or buried debris that may be there - use a knife to dig under the toadstools and remove any debris you find. You can also remove any existing toadstools simply by pulling them out by hand, whilst wearing a pair of gardening gloves of course.
In terms of prevention, there are several things that you can do in order to try and fend off fungal issues. It's a good idea to aerate your lawn at the end of summer as the extra use and footfall during the warmer months means that the ground will be hard and compacted. You should also rake your lawn in order to remove any thatch and allow the grass to breathe. It's also important to be careful when watering your lawn to ensure that you are not leaving soggy patches or puddles in your grass. In order to develop a strong root system that can protect itself against fungal diseases, you should water thoroughly but less frequently.
Whilst it's not ideal, finding fungus on your lawn is definitely not a death sentence. Providing that the appropriate measures are taken in order to both try to prevent and potentially manage any fungal growth, your lawn can continue to grow and thrive happily.
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