Raise your hand if recently you had hundreds of mushrooms popping up all over your turf. After a rainfall a couple of weeks ago, 3" tall mushrooms started popping up overnight. That’s how they work. When the conditions are just right, with moisture and humidity, the spores grow. My take on it is that when we see mushrooms appear, it is a sign of a healthy soil. As the fungi grows, it consumes debris in the soil and thatch. Many times it feeds on tree roots, other times it’s in the thatch.
A friend of mine recently asked about the mushrooms that have popped up in the sod at his newly constructed house. I figure it's a spot that's free of much organic matter to decompose, and not much to worry about.
However, there are some other fungi that are damaging to our turf species.
Brown patch (Rhizoctonia) appears as irregular circular patches in the lawn that are brownish yellow in color and range from 6" to several feet in diameter. The affected grass usually remain upright, and a close inspection shows lesions on the grass that are tan in color and irregular in shape with a dark brown border. Prevention is pretty easy when it comes to brown patch. First, make sure you're watering early in the day, not late in the afternoon.
ferti-lome F-Stop Fungicide Granules can be applied during the growing season for diseases such as brown patch, powdery mildew, pink snowy mold, dollar spot, summer patch, and many others. F-Stop granules contains Eagle fungicide, which both prevents and controls fifteen different diseases in both established lawns and ornamental turfs. One application protects for up to 4 weeks.
F-Stop Lawn & Garden Fungicide from ferti-lome controls fungi almost anywhere! Use F-Stop on roses, flowers, shrubs, berries, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and lawns. It's most effective when it's used to prevent fungus, so begin application early in the season if conditions are cloudy and rainy or where disease has been present in prior years. F-Stop Lawn & Garden controls common fungus such as powdery mildew, black spot, rust, blights, scab, leaf spot, brown patch, and others. Do not apply when temperatures are higher than 90 degrees. If you have brown patch, that should get your lawn back on track.
Now, more about mushrooms. My good friend Hal Russell, adventurer, outdoor enthusiast, and hunter, as well as 6-time Tour Divide starter and finisher, Leadville 100 racer, American Trail (gravel roads east to west across the country) racer AND master morel mushroom hunter/gatherer, loves this fungi as, you can see. I asked his favorite spot to find these sought after delicacies, and his favorite recipes. Like most morel hunters, he’d share the recipe (similar to this one here) but not the location! Hal normally would be on the Divide route right now, but he’s busy writing a book on his adventures from his Vietnam days to Banff, down the Continental Divide to Mexico. We’ll get him to the store for a signing when it’s published.
We're here to help answer all of your lawn, garden, pest and fungus questions, so stop by and see us this summer!
Your friend in the garden,
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center
I mushroom hunt because I have no morels.