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Hi all,

I'm new here do please pardon my ignorance.  I've been getting, I believe, fungus on my lawn.  I dig them out last year and they reappeared suddenly after I got back from a couple of weeks away.  I dug them out again yesterday.  Does anyone know what these are and are they harmful?  Are there any treatments available?

Many thanks in advance.



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,088

    Hi Terence and welcomeimage

    They're not doing any harm ... just brush or scrape them off before mowing.  There's no point in trying to dig them out ... the mycelium will be spread out under your garden and is feeding on organic matter in the soil ... old tree roots, dead leaves, manure etc and turning it into a form which can be utilised by the growing grass and plants.  Without fungi we'd have no gardens. 

    No need to treat them ... just part of Nature's wonderful display.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thank you for the reply.  As you can probably see, the fungus is quite large (about 20cm in diameter) and I'm concerned that it'll take over the lawn.  Is there any harm in digging them out?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299

    No harm but pointless as it's just the fruiting body of an underground network of mycelium. They're very short lived and you may not see those again for another year. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,088

    Just scrape them off if you don't like them being there ... they will only appear in certain weather conditions so as Nut says, you may not see them again for a long while

    Digging them out is impossible and just makes holes in your lawn needlessly.  Mycelium spreads under the ground ... there is one in the US which is 2.4km x 3.8km!  Wherever you walk in the countryside you are likely to have fungal mycelium beneath your feet. 

    Last edited: 08 August 2017 14:22:05

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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