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Hi, I'm Marci Degman, the aspiring gardener and today we're going to talk about how to get rid of wild mushrooms in the garden. Now the first thing you have to think about is why you have mushrooms to begin with. The reason I have mushrooms is because I have acidic soil. I have moisture. I have a lot of fir trees and they're a natural part of the ecosystem where I live. So the problem is if you change the pH of the soil to get rid of the mushrooms, it may not be the right pH for the plants that you want to grow. I've got trillium and I've got ginger right here and I have a lot of acidic plants and so the first thing you have to realize is that other than aesthetics mushrooms do not cause any harm for your plants or for your garden. In fact, the little filaments that grow under the ground actually break up the soil and are very good for it. So there really isn't anything bad about it. They're not the kind of fungus that infects your plants and causes disease. So if you really really want to get rid of them and you don't have a lot of acidic plants, you can change the soil pH and that will take care of the mushrooms and the only thing you have to do is add, every year, a little bit of lime to your soil. This is Dolomite lime so it does add magnesium and calcium to the soil. It doesn't hurt anything. The only thing it does is it brings the pH up to a more alkaline where it will be more favorable to certain plants like turf grasses, hydrangeas. The thing is it will also not be good for your acidic plants. So, you have to make that decision up front. If that's what you want to do, add that every Fall. You'll always have to do it because whatever caused your acidic situation or your fungus to begin with is going to continue to happen. So once you change the pH make it a yearly thing. If you want to get rid of them first, just dig them up, you know, they only live a little while as it is so they're not really a big deal, but if they bother you, you don't like to look at them, just dig them up and toss them. Other than that, you don't have to worry about mushrooms in your garden.