x
 
 
Learn which plants thrive in your Hardiness Zone with our new interactive map!

How Can I Get Rid of Mushrooms in My Flower Bed?

By Dawn Gibbs
Mushrooms come in a variety of shapes and colors.
Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Mushrooms are a fungal body that feed on decaying organic matter. They are more prevalent during wet weather, and often appear after a rainfall. Their food source can sometimes be several inches below the soil's surface, making it impossible to remove without destroying your flowers. Fortunately, there are some effective steps you can take to remove current mushroom growth and prevent future growth without damaging your flowers.

Pull up the mushrooms in the flower bed by snapping them off at the base. Discard the mushrooms in a garbage bag.

Spray a general-purpose fungicide on the spots where the mushrooms were present. Follow the package directions when applying the fungicide. Wait seven days for the fungicide to take affect.

Run a rake over the soil or mulch in your flower bed to increase air circulation. Mushrooms thrive in wet conditions, and increasing air circulation will help dry out the soil or mulch.

Insert the sharp edge of a shovel into the soil at a depth of 5 inches in between each of your flower plants. This will further aerate the soil and increase air circulation.

Remove any dead or decaying organic matter from the flower bed, including fallen leaves or petals or organic mulch. Replace the mulch with inorganic mulch such as small gravel rocks.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Garbage bag
  • Fungicide
  • Rake
  • Shovel
  • Gravel

About the Author

 

Based in Richmond, Va., Dawn Gibbs writes about topics such as history, fashion, literature, crafts, alternative medicine and healthy living. Her work has appeared on GreenDaily.com and several style websites. Gibbs holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Virginia Commonwealth University.