Use gloves to pick away mushrooms and remove all mulch that has been affected by mold or fungus raking every two or three days disrupts mushroom colonies using a fungicide to kill mushrooms is another method but using two tablespoons of baking soda with each gallon of water kills mushrooms . If you find mushrooms growing in your mulch you can remove them manually replace your mulch or add a layer of new mulch while most mushrooms are simply unsightly some are poisonous so take . Although mulch is a good thing too much mulch creates a very wet environment which is favorable for mushroom growth mulch has many different natural benefits when used around plants and trees it keeps the ground moist holds in nutrients keeps weeds from growing and adds an aesthetic appeal. Remove the mulch place it in a giant pile for two or three days to allow for self heating which will kill the fungi then re apply the mulch and immediately soak it soaking the mulch will force the mulch to be colonized with bacteria that will compete with fungi thus reducing the potential for mushroom growth. Most gardeners take advantage of organic mulch such as bark chips leaf mulch or compost which is attractive in the landscape healthy for growing plants and beneficial to the soilbut sometimes organic mulch and fungus go hand in hand in fact various fungi are natural components of this rich organic environment
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