Tulsa Lawn Care Update
Mushrooms, Rain and Lovely Temperatures
Wow, what a strange August it’s been! Normally at this time we are urging Tulsa lawn owners to water more in the face of drought conditions, and we’re seeing a lot of brown, crunchy lawns and declining fescue due to the high temperatures in the 90’s and 100’s.
Instead, we’ve had lots of rain, including severe weather, and our temperatures have been surprisingly mild – in the 70’s and 80’s.
We’ll take it! (Except for the tornado stuff…)
In this cloudy, muggy weather, conditions are perfect for the fruit of beneficial fungi in your soil to appear. That would be mushrooms!
We have seen all kinds of mushrooms, as there are an infinite variety, but the most noticeable right now are big white mushrooms, often in a circle or semi-circle, called fairy rings. (Read more about fairy rings here.)
The following are not stock photos - all of these mushrooms were in Tulsa or Broken Arrow lawns and I took the pictures myself.
WE CANNOT DO ANYTHING that will get rid of your mushrooms.
If you are worried about your dogs or kids eating them, just pick them and throw them away. If not, just enjoy looking at them while they last!
Mushrooms don’t hurt your lawn, and they only appear when weather conditions are just right. They are actually good for your lawn because the fungus that produces them breaks down rotting organic material into nutrients that benefit your lawn.
However, NEVER eat any mushrooms growing in your yard or in the wild, because you don’t know if they are poisonous or not.
Not counting August, Tulsa has already had more rain this year than all of last year. In 2016, our rainfall total for the year was 28.19 inches. January through July of 2017, we have had 28.93 inches. Yikes!
But, hey! You’re saving money on your watering bill, right?
Unfortunately, it also gives us muddy, soggy lawns, standing water, and lots of mosquitos. And if you don’t have time to mow on a dry day, you might be waiting too long between mowings.
Tip – if your bermuda lawn gets really high before you get a chance to mow it, try mowing it down in increments instead of mowing it really short all at once. Just raise your mower up a bit and mow. In a day or two, mow it down shorter. It will look better. Mowing it off all at once when it’s high can result in your grass looking brown for a few days.
Here’s hoping we have a clear viewing day for the solar eclipse!