PUFFBALL FUNGI IN THE LAWN

 

Fungi that are of the puffball variety are one of the oddest things that we can find in our yards. They are a type of mushroom, and they are harmless.

 

This can be a relief to hear because they tend to be common, and when they pop up it can be difficult not to worry about the effect they may have on the garden.

 

In order to identify these, we must know what they look like. They are white, and ball shaped on the top, kind of like a pear.

 

Let’s educate ourselves about this very weird mushroom!

 

It is important to know about the life cycle of anything in our yards and gardens.

 

This can be key to understanding the effect that random sprouting’s may have on the plants that we actually care about.

 

Like any other plants, these puffball varieties send out spores that then spread and germinate.

 

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These strands that end up in our yards are called hyphae, which are barely visible at all. It is not until the hyphae gathers and forms a mycelium that we can see it.

 

One mycelium turns into many mycelia which turns into the body of the mushroom.

 

This body is fed and nourished by decomposing the dead things and material in our lawns, making them not a threat to the nutrients that many of our intended plants need.

 

When these bodies reach maturity, they produce spores and the cycle continues on.

 

Some varieties can be poisonous, and it is hard to tell which ones are and aren’t.

 

So, for anyone who has children or pets, be persistent with removing these mushrooms from the lawn.

 

 

 

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