Category Archives: Fungi and Mushrooms

Fungi are classified into their own kingdom. They are neither plants or animals. There are over 130,000 named species with millions yet to be classified.

They play a very important part in the ecosystems of our lawns and gardens. Many species of fungi decompose organic matter in the soils, working in symbiosis with plants. They break down organic matter,  providing plants with nutrients in exchange for sugars.

Some fungi are parasitic and actually attack grasses. These cause unsightly patches and dead grass areas in your lawn.

Find out how to identify the good from the bad, and what you can do to help your grass overcome any fungal infections.

Yellow club fungus (Clavulinopsis helvola)

Yellow club fungus is a species of coral fungus in the Clavariaceae family. The latin name for the species is Clavulinopsis helvola. The generic name Clavaria comes from the Latin Clava, meaning a club and helvola means pale yellow. It is literally a ‘pale yellow club’. Club fungus will grow to a a similar height to mown grass, so can be overlooked easily.… Read More »

White spindles fungus (Clavaria fragilis)

White spindles fungus is a species of fungus in the Clavariaceae family. The latin name for the species is clavaria fragilis. The generic name Clavaria comes from the Latin clava, meaning a club and fragilis means fragile, so it is literally a ‘fragile club’. It is so named as it is very brittle, and the white spindles snap easily. Club fungus grows a similar… Read More »

Fusarium patch lawn disease (Microdochium nivale)

Fusarium patch disease is a very common fungal lawn disease throughout the whole of the UK. It is also sometimes called fuzz, snow mould or Microdochium patch. The current Latin name for it is Microdochium nivale (syn. Monographella nivalis). It was previously called Fusarium nivale, from which it gained its most common name. Fusarium patch disease is the most common cause… Read More »