How to Stop Toadstools From Growing

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A toadstool is defined as being a "fruiting body of a fungus" containing a stalk and a cap; they look like mushrooms, but according to the Royal Horticultural Society, the differences aren't well-defined. Toadstools can be beneficial to the environment as they release nutrients into the soil, but they can also be an eyesore. The formations can also be a potential danger to children and pets if ingested. Chemical controls unfortunately will not stop toadstools from growing; cultural controls must be used instead.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Rake
  • Shovel
  • Pull existing toadstools from the lawn by hand before treating the grass to stop future fungi from developing. Protect your hands with gardening gloves, and discard the debris in a yard waste bag.

  • Dethatch your lawn to reduce or completely eliminate the growth of toadstools. Thatch is a layer of decomposed grass that settles between the grass blades and roots of the lawn. It looks like matted, clumpy areas of brown grass. Fungi that turns into toadstools feeds on thatch. Rake the lawn to gather the thatch, and discard.

  • Dig up the dead roots of any trees or plants that remain in your yard. Like thatch, toadstool-producing fungi gets nourishment from the roots. Cutting off the food supply will help stop toadstools from growing on the lawn.

  • Break up large masses of earth or weeds that appear in your lawn, especially if they are white in color. Mycelium is a network or mass of mold that is formed by some types of fungus, and it can create toadstools. By breaking up the mass, you are depriving the mycelium of its food supply, which prevents the formation of a fruiting body.

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