Scarify lawn with a rake to help get rid of toadstools.

IMG_0680Lawns are ideal areas for various types of fungi to grow but they do not harm the lawn as they are generally just feeding on dead grass or “thatch” which is usually just found on the soil surface. Scarify lawn with a rake to help get rid of toadstools. The easiest way, however, to get rid of fungi on the soil surface is to simply brush them off.

A longer term solution would be to scarify the lawn during the Autumn season and then spike with a garden fork which will help to improve drainage. Certain types of Fungi like to feed on dead tree roots underground and often these spores are released to the surface soil when they are unearthed after chopping a tree and the roots are left in the sub soil.

To stop these fungi from appearing you will need to dig out any decaying wood and tree stumps from the soil and then re-turf the area. Often fungi and toadstools can be found where a tree has been felled with a chainsaw, as the bark and shavings from the felled tree are often dispersed with the chainsaw blade during the cutting process. Where these shavings land the spores on the wood have the ideal conditions for growth

If the grass starts to produce toadstools which are creamy-brown and appear in a circle then this is referred to as a fairy ring.

The use of a premium quality garden rake makes the job of scarifying a selective area of the lawn a lot easier. There are various types of rakes to choose from but my preference is a long tine rake with a longer handle to allow the tines to come into close contact with the thatch and moss. The use of a scarifier is an efficient method for quicker removal of moss and thatch but for most gardeners the purchase of a scarifier for personal garden use may not be the most cost effective solution if you are only scarifying a small patch on an infrequent basis. Bromsgrove gardener will scarify lawns if included in a regular service throughout the season.

The ring does expand over time which causes the grass on the outside of the ring to start to die off but the inner grass however becomes lusher and greener.

Ideally it is best to brush off toadstools before any of the spores start to spread and mow the area collecting the clippings to place in the recycling bin or place on the compost heap to decompose naturally.

If there are any areas which have been heavily affected by toadstools which after mowing or brushing the toadstools return again then the only reliable method of treatment for the long term benefit would be to dig out all affected grass and topsoil to a depth of approximately 30cm and also 30cm to the sides and again dispose away from the area of the garden you wish to remain free from toadstools. Replace with fresh soil and re-turf the area which will produce a toadstool free lawn for months to come.