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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.

New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.


Mushrooms in the Lawn

 
Inky caps, stinkhorns and other mushrooms are interesting to look at, but usually considered an eyesore in the lawn. 

These often colorful and uniquely shaped growths that appear in your lawn are the fruiting bodies of fungi residing in the soil. They typically appear after a period of cool wet weather.
 
Though unsightly, they won’t harm your grass.  Removing the mushrooms will improve the view, but will not eliminate the problem. Pick or dig and dispose of the mushrooms if you are worried about pets and kids consuming the poisonous fungi.
 
The best and easiest solution is to allow nature to take care of the problem.  The source of the problem is the underground fungi feeding on buried construction lumber, dead tree roots and other organic matter.  Once the fungi has decomposed these items into compost that enriches the soil, their food source is gone and the problem will disappear.
 
A bit more information: Mushrooms growing in a circle or arc are an indication that fairy ring is present.  Several fungi cause rings or arcs of dark green or dead grass in infested lawns.  Water and fertilization can help mask the symptoms when the only symptom is a ring of tall green grass.
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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