Ways to Eliminate and Prevent Lawn Mushrooms

Whether you're hosting a backyard barbeque or just maintaining your lawn and garden, there's no question that you spend a lot of time outside during the summer months. However, nothing can put a damper on your outdoor activities quicker than a yard full of lawn mushrooms.

Also known as toadstools, lawn mushrooms are the offspring of existing fungi that live beneath the soil. Lawn mushrooms are not uncommon among yards and generally pop up in damp, shady environments.

While lawn mushrooms don't pose any initial threat of disease to your lawn, it's best to do something about them quickly - especially if you have pets or children - for safety purposes. But before you do so, you should first take a deeper look at the root of the problem so you know how to best treat the situation.

Here are some simple ways you can help eliminate and prevent lawn mushrooms from invading your yard, so you can have a worry-free experience outdoors and enjoy a fresh-looking lawn.

  • Shady, cool areas are a common denominator among lawns with mushrooms. To help prevent them from spreading, expose your lawn to more sunlight by trimming back tree branches or pruning shrubs that cause shade within areas of the lawn mushrooms.
  • Since lawn mushrooms thrive in wet conditions and often appear after heavy rainfalls, make sure your yard is well-drained. However, if your lawn is experiencing soil compaction, it's best to aerate your yard to relieve compaction and promote proper drainage of soil.
  • Depending on the severity of lawn mushrooms, you may have to dethatch your lawn, since this will remove layers of soil and help you eradicate existing lawn mushrooms.
  • Act quickly. The longer you wait to remove them, the greater of chance lawn mushrooms will spread throughout your yard.