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Lots of mushrooms on lawn
 

Lots of mushrooms on lawn

Any treatment to remove lots of mushrooms from a lawn. My understanding was they feed on dead wood etc and once that decomposes they will go, however I seem to be getting more and more each year. Digging out source not an option. There are at several different varieties all poisonous I expect. I put Lim capsules out last year but no effect on mushrooms. laddy, , Co Cork Posted: 01/10/2016

Lawn mushrooms appear for a short period in early autumn. They are part of the season really.

The mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of fungi that feed on organic material in the soil, and also in symbiotic relationship with trees.

There are no treatments. 

If you do not like the look of them, the simplest thing to do is to brush them away or use the lawn mower.

  Fungal growth on stone paths
 

Fungal growth on stone paths

I have some " fungal" growth on my stone pathways. These areas tend to be be very wet. What is it and how can I get rid of it. It's very prolific and returns very quickly when removed. Darrachbeo, Boher, Co Limerick Posted: 29/09/2016

This is algae and can appear in  damp time. Apply bleach or some masonry algicide.

  lawn brown patches
 

lawn brown patches

I mow my lawn weekly land fertilize monthly. Can't seem to get rid of these brown areas, fungus? paxholt, Dromnea, Kilcrohane, Bantry, Co Cork Posted: 01/09/2016

Feeding a lawn monthly is too much as leaves the grass soft and prone to fungal disease, which often appears at this time of year.

Don't feed again until April and reduce feed next year. 

  Problem with lawn
 

Problem with lawn

I have a 'growth' on my lawn and have no idea what it is. Pic attached. Can you suggest what it is and perhaps suggest how i get rid of it? Brianr1967, Carluke, Outside Ireland Posted: 23/04/2016

This is lichen...it is not a diease, just growing there.

Give the grass an application of lawn feed to help it to out-grow the lichen.

  What is this?
 

What is this?

Included is a photo of something that comes overnight, it is weird, I have a small dog and would it be harmful if she ate it. Jacky Quirke, Newcestown, Bandon, Co Cork Posted: 25/11/2014

This is called slime mould, or 'dog vomit'! It is a very primitive organism similar to fungi and bacteria. It normally forms a gel-like ooze on the soil surface and it can slowly move along feeding on bacteria and other micro-organisms. In autumn, it sometimes forms spore-bodies of yellow or white which grow on the grass for support. These turn black when the spores are released. It does no harm to the grass, and is not poisonous for dogs, as far as we know.

  Strange growth on the lawn
 

Strange growth on the lawn

I wonder if you could have a look at these pictures of a strange growth on the lawn of our neighbours. It starts off as a yellow patch looking like slimy mucus, then it turns white and seems to swell up to a foamy consistency, it turns black at the next stage. It does not smell of anything and the grass underneath seems not affected so far. There are lots of patches variying in size from 10cm diameter to about 20cm. It looks awfull and we are worried it might be something nasty so we don't want it to spread all over. Clair, Ramelton, Co Donegal Posted: 30/08/2010

 

This is a slime mould. It looks like a fungus and behaves to some extent like a fungus but it is not strictly speaking a fungus.

There are many kinds and they grow on rotting material, including dead grass, usually in damp weather and warmish times, late summer and autumn. Most of the time they exist as single cell microscopic organisms but can aggregate in the right conditions.

These appear and disappear and do no harm but can be very slippery. The change of colour has to to with the production of spore masses.

 

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