‘Shroom boom: moisture brings mushrooms to yards, city parks


Much of south central Kansas has seen its share of moisture in the past week, and many people are calling the KSU Sedgwick County Extension Office with questions about mushrooms in their yards.

“Often after heavy summer rains, there’s extra moisture in the soil which causes that fungus of the mushroom to actually form a mushroom, spread spores and reproduce,” Matthew McKernan, horticulturist at the KSU Sedgwick County Extension Office said Monday.

There are hundreds of species of mushrooms that grow in Kansas. McKernan says, it’s probably safe to assume the ones growing in your yard are not edible.

“Most mushrooms you’re going to find growing wild right now are probably best considered not safe to eat, just because some of the most dangerous mushrooms and some of the safest mushrooms look almost identical,” McKernan said.

The fungus that produces mushrooms is always present in soil, but the increased moisture causes the fruiting body to sprout up out of the ground, decomposing wood, leaves or organic matter in the soil.

If you have mushrooms in your yard you want gone, McKernan said the safest bet is to pick them up with a trash bag and dispose of them.

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