Rain contributing to more mushrooms

Published: Aug. 20, 2018 at 7:40 PM CDT
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You may have noticed a lot of these popping up in your yard.

After the rain, we had over the weekend, some yards are being taken over by mushrooms.

Mushrooms are a fungus that is always underground breaking down and decomposing organic matter in the soil.

It's usually after rain that mushrooms pop up above ground.

There are hundreds of different types of mushrooms in Kansas.

Mathew McKernan, a horticulture agent for Sedgwick County K-State says mushrooms aren't harmful to most plant material in the yard, but if you're concerned for your health or your pet's safety, it's best to remove them.

"Maybe with a trash bag and throw them away. In most cases, it's also safe to mow over mushrooms with your mower and just chop them up into very fine pieces so your pet won't eat them."

As it heats up and dries out, McKernan says the mushrooms will likely start to disappear.

He says unless you know one type of mushroom from another, it's better to assume they're all dangerous rather than accidentally ingesting one that may be harmful.