Taking care of your lawn is a tall task. Even smaller yards can be tricky to maintain if you’re not used to doing so – maybe you’ve lived in an apartment your whole life and are just now able to own a home that has an expansive yard ringed in by trees and shrubs? This could be the case. Likewise, one of the most troublesome parts of lawn care is figuring out how to deal with unsightly growths like mushrooms. Take our advice even if you think this problem can’t affect your lawn given the time of year it is.
What’s the Weather Like – Is It Rainy?
We tend to think of spring and summer as the wet seasons since they are warmer. Even so, rain is a reality throughout the year, even though fall and winter tend to be drier because of the colder temperatures. Mushrooms are like weeds – they can multiply faster than you can believe, and excessive moisture allows them to thrive. Shade, cloudy weather (another common sight as fall turns to winter), and optimal soil conditions all make for a happy mushroom colony.
What Exactly Are the Mushrooms?
Mushrooms can be edible, but those are only certain types of mushrooms – the kind you can use as a pizza topping might not be the same ones giving you lawn care headaches. This type of fungus erupts out of the ground and expels spores into the air around it. Sunlight and dry soil can eliminate the mushrooms, but for the best results, you’ll have to change the grade of the soil yourself.
How Can Shade Affect the Situation?
For example, take the shadiness of your yard into account. Cut back the branches you see on trees and shrubs, especially if you notice that mushrooms are particularly plentiful there. It’s caused by ample shade – and that’s not a good sign. Let the sunshine fight this battle for you – besides nourishing the grass and other plants you’ve been cultivating, the sun can slow down how fast the mushrooms grow.
How Do You Determine the Soil Compaction Level?
Soil compaction is a concept that many homeowners might not understand. Have you spotted unusually large puddles of water or areas of standing water that don’t go away by themselves? This is an indication that you’re dealing with compacted soil. One way to resolve this issue is to aerate your lawn. Drainage can reduce the amount of thatch you see, help rejuvenate the roots, and make your next lawn care project a snap.
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