I always used a bagger on my lawn to avoid thatch problems. The turf
was good but a little sparce. I replaced my mower this spring and now
no longer have a bagger. The turf is somewhat thicker but I'm now
getting small white toadstools throughout the yard. Looks like mixed
signals to me. Are the toadstools an indicator of problems with thatch
and high southern humidity?
No. They're an indicator of organic material (an old tree root,
construction debris, whatever) decaying in the soil. The fungus
colonizes it and periodically sends up mushrooms. As the root or
debris decays, the mushroom crops will diminish. Simplest way to deal
with them - kick 'em or rake 'em.
Unless poisonous, enjoy them!
No; don't mean try eating them but unless they are harmful to pets or
children (and small ones, children that is, who tend to put things in
their mouths) who should be properly monitored anyway, let them be.
They don't last long.
Certain times of the year under some of our trees we get different
varieties of toadstools. Kinda nice to look out there some cool damp
fall morning and see a few patches etc. Considering that's 50 feet
from a busy road, especially school mornings, it's a nice 'sylvan'
I even threw some 'edible' mushrooms bits out there once and got a
small crop of what I swear were 'real' mushrooms; just like from the
store. Wife however wouldn't let me eat them; maybe she was afraid
they were somehow 'magic'? :-)
And why we have to chew/scrape/dig/eliminate or pour chemicals on
everything that isn't an exact blade of grass or store bought plant,
cannot understand. No wonder there are no bees and other insects to
fertilize food crops, flowers and trees/bushes! Maybe a very limited
view of what should or should not be allowed to grow in our suburban
BTW we have two dead tree stumps that are growing a sort fan shaped
fungus. Non odorous, not slimy, sorta dry and hard. Very interesting.
One is now about half size of a dinner plate.
We have never used 'a bagger' and only cut occasionally. The grass
clippings just rot back into the soil.
True in many cases but not this one. These are coming up randomly over
the whole yard and not in a line that would indicate old roots. Would
decaying mulch provide the same growing medium as decaying wood?
AFAIK, the theory is that fairy ring mushrooms are the result of a
single organism (mycelium (sp?) rings a bell???) and the observable
mushrooms are simply reproductive bodies but the the reason for their
production in ring mushrooms isn't definitely understood. But, it isn't
that the spores of one generation form another in a circle around it.
Fungus is a good indicator you have plenty of organic matter, at least
in the locations where they are growing. At times I get a
brightly-colored slime mold over my lawn, more interesting than
harmful. Better to have toadstools (and rain) than a drought.
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