My elderly father has an abundance of toadstools in his yard, how can you get rid of them?

Asked June 12, 2014, 7:29 AM EDT

My elderly father has an abundance of toadstools in his yard, how can you get rid of them.?

Pottawattamie County Iowa

1 Response

Mushrooms (toadstools) are the reproductive or fruiting structures of fungi. Their appearance usually indicates the presence of decaying tree stumps or roots in the soil.

There is nothing that can be applied to the soil that will prevent mushrooms from emerging. Pick and discard the mushrooms as they appear if they are objectionable. The mushrooms will likely stop emerging with the arrival of warmer, drier weather. Unfortunately, this is probably only a temporary reprieve. It’s likely the mushrooms will appear again when favorable environmental conditions return.