How to Get Rid of Toadstools & Mushrooms

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How to Get Rid of Toadstools & Mushrooms
Mushrooms come in many varieties, but are all fungi. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

By taking the right steps, you should be able to eliminate the majority of mushrooms or "toadstools" from your lawn. Inedible mushrooms, sometimes known as "toadstools," are often considered undesirable in landscaping and need to be removed. The fungi are typically small and grow in groups around particular substances in a lawn. Their elimination takes more than a simple session of weeding or hoeing, as they drop their spores to blow in the wind. Patience is sometimes the key to getting rid of the little brown buds.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Rake
  • Shovel
  • Fertiliser

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  1. 1

    Remove the existing mushrooms from the lawn and surrounding areas. While this will not eliminate them, mushrooms multiply by releasing spores into the air to propagate new growth. Removing the existing ones will limit the amount of spores released.

  2. 2

    Remove any thatch from the area. Use a rake to remove all items except the grass, plants and trees. Rotting twigs, leaves and other refuse act as food for the fungus. Getting rid of these items will assist in eliminating new growth.

  3. 3

    Remove any tree stumps or dead trees from the area. Contact a professional for complete removal. The rotting process of these stumps and trees acts as a food source for the mushrooms.

  4. 4

    Fertilise the area with a nitrogen-rich fertiliser. Spread a mixture of nitrogen in the area at the rate of 0.454kg. per 1,000 square feet. The nitrogen will speed up the decay process of any item in the yard, helping to eliminate future food sources for the mushrooms.

Tips and warnings

  • Rake a lawn or grass area frequently to prevent mushrooms from returning. Continuous removal of refuse will prevent a food source from forming.
  • There is no guarantee that mushrooms will not return to an area.
  • Do not use fungicides to get rid of mushrooms on your lawn. The mushrooms are only the fruiting body of the mycellium, which is underground and therefore won't be affected by the fungicide.

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