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Royceturf.co.uk toadstools

  1. 1. Royce Turf and Irrigation Information Sheet TOADSTOOLS IN CULTIVATED TURF Toadstools are the fruiting bodies of a class of fungi known as Basidio- mycetes. The vegetative part lives underground, feeding on dead plant material and speeding the process of its decay. When the ideal environ- mental conditions occur, the fungus reproduces via spores produced in the toadstools. These being above ground are dispersed by the wind. When the supply of nutrients is used up the fungus dies out and no more toadstools are produced. They do not normally occur during the second or third year after the turf has been laid. The fungus is not a disease, unlike those which cause "fairy rings" in the turf, in fact break-ing down dead material is beneficial to the turf. The small brown toad-stools that occur most f requently in new turf are not poisonous. However, their consumption is not recommended. A traditional remedy for controlling toadstools is to apply a solution of 2ounces of Epsom salts (magnesium Sulphate) dissolved in a gallon of water per sq. yard of affected area. As toadstools are mainly composed of water they soon dry up and blow away or can be swept with a besom broom. They can also be removed with the lawn clippings.Cedar NuresryHorsley Road Telephone 01932860760Cobham Fax 01932860730Surrey Email enq@royceturf.co.ukKT11 3 JX Website. www.royceturf.co.uk