Mushrooms all over the place.

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Old 09-28-16, 03:48 PM
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Mushrooms all over the place.

What's going on. Me and many in our neighborhood are finding very large mushrooms popping up in our lawns. I have had two very big crops the past two weeks. I also have a healthy lawn...Well, that may be up for discussion.
I do not fertilize or weed and feed. So from my perspective I have a healthy natural lawn that is safe for kids and pets. However, many of the neighbors do in fact have lawn care of various degrees. But we all have the mushroom problem.

Is it because of the extreme dry weather this past summer? Then as of late we have had rain at least once a week over the past three weeks?

These suckers are big. I mean in the 6" to 8" to 12" size or bigger if left to grow.
 
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Old 09-28-16, 03:51 PM
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Why is it a problem? Pick them and throw them away.

Sounds like Chlorophyllum Molybdites... they are a big parasol mushroom that comes up this time of year. Starts out round, then opens up like a umbrella. White, slightly ringed on top.
 
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Old 09-28-16, 03:55 PM
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Not a problem so much as curiosity. Although the kids love to kick them and make a small mess over the sidewalk and street. Never had them so big or so much in the past.
 
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Old 09-28-16, 03:57 PM
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Total non issue with the lawn.
We have had a drought here for some time then 4 3/4" of rain.
Every yard I mowed had them.
I just mow over them.
There gone until it rains again.
 
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Old 09-28-16, 04:01 PM
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Just did a Google search on the name you stated. Vert poisonous and similar to edible ones. Grows in similar places and looks similar.
 
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Old 09-28-16, 04:18 PM
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The edible one (parasol mushroom) grows in the woods in these parts while the poisonous one grows in full sun in yards... they are similar but anyone who knows mushrooms would never mis take one for the other.

Getting rid of them would obviously reduce the amount of spores for next years crop. (Instead of kicking them or mowing over them).
 
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Old 09-29-16, 05:33 AM
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I can't remember where I read it but mushrooms are a sign of healthy lawn soil.
 
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Old 09-29-16, 05:37 AM
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If you don't like them and decide to pick them you need to do it when they first appear even if it means doing it first thing in the morning before work. They grow extremely fast and if you get them after they have opened they have already released most of their spores to grow the next batch.
 
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Old 09-29-16, 07:01 AM
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Mushrooms are a sign of decaying organic material in the soil. Tree roots are a common cause in established lawns. For the first five years or so I owned my home, I would dig up a piece of discarded dimensional lumber underneath every mushroom.
 
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