- July 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm #29077
Last year we removed a large tree stump from our front yard. The former owners had built a wall around it and filled it with a flower garden. Needless to say it was rather ugly and so we had the rotting stump shaved down to about 8-12 inches below ground level and have covered it with grass. This season I have noticed a number of mushrooms growing in the area of the stump. Not only am I allergic to mushrooms but I have a 2 year old that will put just about anything in his mouth! Are they dangerous and is there anything I can do to stop them from growing?
ps. In the same area I have hostas lining my drive way…in the fall I notice mushrooms growing there too but they are different and give off a “poof” of yellow-green smoke when removed. Are they dangerous?August 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm #29562
This is a fascinating subject (though I know it seems a little upsetting at first). Mushrooms and other fungi do the work of breaking down nature’s debris, and each form of woody plant — each kind of tree — has a particular relationship with a kind of mushroom, which will appear if all goes well when the tree dies to deal with the leftovers.
I wrote a little about it here:
So what kind of mushrooms they are (and the other ones are) depends on the material they showed up to help decompose — sometimes it’s the wood-chip mulch that they are working on, by the way, not an actual tree.
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