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Are Mushrooms Growing in Your Yard?

Posted on Jul 22 , 2013 by Bob in Gardening Advice & Video

With all of the wonderful rain we’ve been getting in Kingwood and the Northeast area of Houston lately, one of the common questions we’ve been getting at the Garden Center is about mushrooms customers are seeing sprout up throughout their yard and lawn.

Causes of Mushrooms in Your Yard

As the Houston area is warm, humid, and wet, all perfect conditions for the growth of fungus such as mushrooms, this is a very common occurrence.  Add to that the clay soil which creates standing water with heavy rains or overwatering and our Kingwood forests with decaying organic matter, and we have conditions tailor made for growing mushrooms.

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How to Get Rid of Mushrooms Growing in Your Lawn

While mushrooms may not be part of your landscape design, they are harmless and no threat to the health of your other plants.  On the contrary, they help facilitate the decomposition of the decaying matter and improving the condition of the soil.

However, if the sight of mushrooms in your lawn is bothersome, one thing not to do is pull them up by the roots, as that will cause them to spread through the root system.  Each broken root will sprout a new mushroom.  Just mow the mushrooms.  This is a seasonal occurrence.

Are Mushrooms in My Yard Edible?

While some mushrooms found in your yard may be edible, if you aren’t an expert at identifying them and already know the answer, it is best to assume that they are harmful.  Some mushrooms, such as the Destroying Angel  are poisonous.

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4 Comments → “ Are Mushrooms Growing in Your Yard? ”


  1. dorothy hodge

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    while mushrooms are not bad for your yard they are bad for people who have asthma . my asthma dr says that they can cause a person to have an attack.

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      Dorothy,

      That’s good to know. Thanks for the information!

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  2. Mushrooms in your yard MAY be edible, and they may be very good edibles. If you are not able to identify them, you can usually take a sample (best to have more than one, at various stages of development) to a university biology department and ask them to help you ID the mushroom.

    I don’t fight mushrooms in my yard. It is a losing game if you do, because you really won’t win anyway, but more importantly, mushrooms are an indication of SOIL HEALTH. They grow in HEALTHY soil! If you remove them, your soil quality declines dramatically.

    They play a vital role in decomposition of organic matter, and assist in making nutrients from organic matter available to plants.

    Let them go. Just pick the mushrooms and discard them if they annoy you, but let the mushroom roots (mycellium) under the soil go, where it will work for you and help your lawn and landscaping grow better.

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      Thanks for your comment Laura!

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