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.
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.