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I have a problem with this fungus in my lawn which is very dry at the moment. Any identification and treatment suggestions would be most welcome. If you can`t see the picture clearly it is grey/black coloured with a whilte frilled ragged edge, laying close to the lawn like a flattened mushroom.

Grass fungus (01/08/2011)

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  • Posted: Mon. 1st August 2011 15:50

Re: Grass fungus

Reply from Valerie Munro

Hi Lesley

Normally when mushrooms appear on a lawn, it's a sure sign that there is rotting wood in the soil. Rather than killing off the fungi, it would be better to remove the root cause.

If you can bear it, you could carefully remove the turf over the affected area and see what's down there - with new build houses or recently renovated, it's a sad fact that some builders will merely bury their excesses to save them a journey to the Tip.

Having removed/or not the cause, then it's an easy job to replace the soil, tamping it down level and pop the wad of turn back on top. Or, if that is too complicated, just keep scraping off the mushrooms and dispose of them. As we don't know what they are I would do this with caution, washing your hands afterwards and resist the temptation to cook and eat!

Good luck

Auntie Planty

  • Posted: Wed. 3rd August 2011 08:55