This autumn (2013) has been a good year for lawn mushrooms, and I’ve seen a great many varieties on the lawns which I maintain.
In 99% of cases, there is no need to worry about mushrooms appearing on your lawn. They are a sign of a healthy soil. Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of a fungus which live on organic matter in the soil. They are the factory which decomposes this organic matter into chemicals usable by plants. Without a fungus in the soil, many plants would not be able to survive.
Many fungus live exclusively in symbiosis with a host plant, such as a tree. Silver birch trees are a great example of this and if you have a silver birch in your garden, you will certainly get a lot of fungal fruiting bodies appearing in your lawn as a result.
For a more detailed look at lawn mushrooms have a look at my previous post, why do I have mushrooms growing in my lawn? But for now, enjoy these pictures of the fascinating mushrooms I have found on some of the lawns I maintain.
Lawn mushrooms gallery
For further reading about mushrooms have a look at:
- McoKey fungus identification
- Association of British Fungus Groups
- North West Fungus Group
Please note that I am NOT a fungus expert, so please don’t send me pictures or descriptions for classification, I just find them fascinating and like to photograph them. For information and professional advice, please use the above links or search for a group in your local area.