Ever felt distraught at the sight of mushrooms becoming an eyesore to your beautiful garden? Want a tactical and simple solution to your problem? Follow any of the strategies given below to get rid of your mushroom menace!
The best and most effective long term solution to this problem is either to seal the mushroom area or change the conditions of your garden to make the mushrooms feel inhospitable.
Put a stop to your mowing and shoveling of the lawn in hopes of getting rid of the mushrooms. You are only going to create more! Become a little more creative by putting an edge of stones around the mushroom infested area to separate it from the ‘actual’ lawn and decorate the sides with some garden bunnies, etc.
Use them as decor
Tell your visitors in a casual manner how long it took you to grow this mushroom colony and also fill their unsuspecting minds with interesting facts about mushrooms and how they change color. All your visitors might soon think you are not one of those lazy lawn owners but a collector of rare species! However, if you feel you cannot corrupt their poor minds, you can hide these mushrooms by planting taller plants next to them that give a lot of shade.
In this portion we look at altering the environmental conditions of your lawn to make it inhospitable for mushrooms to grow.
Most of the time, you will find mushrooms growing on rotting wood either at the surface or underground. Instead of digging the soil and mushrooms out, a more labor friendly option is to change the ground conditions by covering the ground with gravel or other substances. Feasibility of this option depends on the area size and the proximity to the trees.
Stuff to add to cover the soil
Gravel: If you add gravel to the soil where mushrooms are present, it can create a gap between mushrooms. This is entirely unappreciated by mushrooms as they will not be able to find the spores of another mushroom with which they can reproduce. This gravel creates space between nutrient pockets. Cover the area with large sized gravel and make sure it is two to three inches thick. A word of caution, make sure you do not use limestone gravel as this can raise the pH level of the soil and affect your nearby tree.
Again, be a little more creative and add some boulders and other stuff that can make the area look more beautiful. However, using gravel will not be a very good idea if you have a lot of flowering plants nearby that can use the gravel to self-sow.
Soil: If the mushroom infested area is not next to the shade of a large tree, you might want to make a Bern, which is a shaped hill; or a raised bed with which you can sow some flowering plant seeds. This can create more soil that will make it inhospitable for the mushrooms to grow. Start growing some ferns if you make a Bern, or grow a ginseng patch if you are making a raised bed. If however, the mushrooms still survive and thrive, the best option to take is to revert to the 1st strategy of enclosing them in a separate area.
Create buildings or seats
The perfect thing to do is to build or buy a garden bench or buy that hot tub you wanted to buy for so long. It will serve a double purpose of hiding your mushroom patch! If you are using cement, the lime in it can affect the nearby tree you plan to place it in. Be careful!
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