If you walk in your lawn after a good rainy season, you may find yourself stumbling upon many toadstools. What? This has never happened with you? Well, you’re an exception then – and a lucky one at that.
So about toadstools, while some of them are poisonous, others do little or no harm to the lawn. However, some people do not like toadstools in the garden and often find ways to get rid of them. Let us understand what toadstools are and how to get rid of them.
What are Toadstools?
Toadstools are wild mushrooms that grow in a damp area in the lawn and is especially found in the rainy season. Since these wild mushrooms are grown in the rainy season especially when a region has received more than average rainfall, they are commonly known as toadstools. An interesting fact is that these fungi plants grow below the soil all along the year and when the rainfall exceeds the normal limits, these wild mushrooms emerge from the soil.
Do You Really Need to Get Rid of Toadstools?
Wild mushrooms or Toadstools as they are commonly called are often taken in the negative light. However, these toadstools do little or no harm to the soil. In fact, some agriculture experts say that they are a good source of fertilizers for the soil and help in re-fertilizing the garden or the lawn. They also act as a good source for worms, which in turn help in keeping the soil fertile and healthy. Nevertheless, some wild mushrooms are poisonous and may cause harm to any living creatures who consume them. Therefore, it would be first beneficial for you if you identify the type of toadstool growing in your garden. Some type of toadstools may also be harmful for the grass but most of them are actually healthy for the plants and the soil around. If you still want to get rid of toadstools from your garden, here are few ways.
Ways to Get Rid of Toadstools
Remove Them Physically
This may be the age-old technique but fortunately or unfortunately, it is the best technique to get rid of the toadstools. However, you would need to wear a protective gear before you get you fold up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. While most wild mushrooms are not harmful, they can be highly poisonous if ingested. Keep your pets and children away from the garden when you are going through the cleaning process. Wear hand gloves while cutting out the toadstools and dispose the waste so that they do not grow back again.
As for the process, you can either pull out the toadstools by plucking them from the soil or use a gardening rake to remove it. You can also use a shovel to dig about 2 to 3 inches below the soil surface so that you can remove them completely and prevent future growth.
Nitrogen fertilizers are known to be good against toadstools. You can find nitrogen fertilizers in most gardening shops or nurseries. Sprinkle nitrogen fertilizer on the soil using a spreader or your hands. However, if you are sprinkling it using your hand, make sure that you wear hand gloves as nitrogen fertilizer may be harmful for you and some people are allergic to it. Sprinkle about 1 pound of the fertilizer for every 1000 sq. ft. of the land. Once you have sprinkled the fertilizer, water the soil so that the fertilizer can seep into the soil. You may fertilize your soil with nitrogen fertilizer every three months to treat toadstool infestation.
Clean the Garden
Toadstools often grown on decomposed plants and roots of the plants. Therefore, if you want to get rid of toadstools completely, you might have to go through the time consuming process of cleaning your garden. Remove any possible thatch from your lawn. It would be a good idea to throw away the waste and do not use it as compost. Once you have cleaned the garden, make sure that you run the mower in order to mow the soil and kill any wild mushroom.
Aerating the Soil
Toadstools grow in tight and damp soil. Therefore, aerating the soil helps not only in removing the toadstools from inside, it also prevents any future infestation. Use a mower or an aerator to aerate the soil regularly. These wild mushrooms usually grow when the soil is not aerated or the lawn is not mowed for many days especially during the rainy season. Mow the garden just before the rainy season in order to prevent the infestation more effectively. Once you have aerated the soil and there is no rain, water the soil until no more water can go in. Additionally, plant some fresh grass seeds so that there is no thatch in the area.