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Gigantic fungi appeared on lawn

Discussion in 'Lawns' started by tim091, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. tim091

    tim091 Apprentice Gardener

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    Yes, my lawn is generally soggy, yes I need to rake the leaves, yes it is clearly fungi season judging by the nearby woodland.

    But, these monsters have appeared in my lawn. They are about a foot high and in clumps about 2 feet across.

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    Any advice on what to do? I am worried that if I chop them down and rake then I will spread the spores. Is there fungicide for lawns?

    I have recently applied a autumn moss killer and root feed and clearly they liked that!
     
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    Marley Farley Affable Admin! Staff Member

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    • Phil Anderer

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      Certainly looks like honey fungus. Good news is, it won't affect your lawn, just leave them and they'll be gone in a few days.

      Bad news is, they'll already have killed any trees or shrubs growing nearby. Nothing you can do about that other than dig out all the infected woody material and burn it.

      You'll see a black mycelium on the infected wood, that's the main plant, the mushrooms are just the fruiting bodies.
       
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      • tim091

        tim091 Apprentice Gardener

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        Thanks both, I will have a look at Honey Fungus. Yes, I live on the very edge of a large wood - very nice for walks but means that 80% of the garden is in shadow from huge overhanging trees most of the day :(. The woods have suddenly become crazy with fungi.

        So far these fungi have only appeared in the middle of the lawn, so not near any shrubs or plants luckily.
         
      • tim091

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        Suggestions elsewhere are that I need to dig out a large area around them and burn the soil with a flame gun! Seems a bit drastic, I think this year (first year in this house) I will cut them down, carry on with plans to improve the lawn and see what happens this time next year.

        Everything that I have read suggests that they spread rapidly underground and are indestructible! My main worry, therefore, is they will get to any planting of borders I might do.
         
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      • JWK

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        There will be the tree roots beneath your lawn that's what they are growing on. Honey fungus grows on the roots of trees too so can emerge in lawns/open space up to 100ft from the trees.
         
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