I have some mushrooms showing up around my landscape. Do I just remove them like any other weed or do I need to do anything special?

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    Wood chips = rotting wood = mushrooms. Mar 21, 2016 at 17:18
  • why do you consider them weeds?
    – Nic
    Mar 21, 2016 at 23:07
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    @Nic that is the question I am asking (indirectly). Do I leave them, remove them or something else and why
    – JStorage
    Mar 21, 2016 at 23:19
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    A weed being "a plant out of place" I have to wonder if it's possible for a fungus, which is not a plant, to be a weed? Mar 22, 2016 at 0:28
  • This question is opinon based, whether folks answering are mycophilic ( Mushrooms are a good sign usually – Escoce ) or mycophobic ( remove them as you can't tell if they're edible or poisonous, and a pet might eat them. – Graham Chiu )
    – Nic
    Mar 22, 2016 at 23:26

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If you take the fruiting body (mushroom) off, you'll leave behind the mycelium ("roots") which are busily turning your wood mulch into finer mulch. Ask yourself if you have a moisture problem in that area, and if so, attempt to fix it. If it's been raining a lot, just pull the mushroom and keep an eye on the area for a few weeks. You may just have a transient problem.

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    If the roots are decomposing the wood mulch, I would say that is a good thing vs. a "problem". Please clarify.
    – JStorage
    Mar 21, 2016 at 20:05
  • Those chips look like the dyed type that are used instead of ground cover in parts of the US. Having it decay will lead to soil and then unwanted plants. Mar 21, 2016 at 20:11
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    Mushrooms are a good sign usually
    – Escoce
    Mar 21, 2016 at 20:13
  • @escoce please elaborate on what you mean? Are you suggesting I leave the mushrooms as is i.e. let them grow and they won't harm anything but to the contrary are beneficial?
    – JStorage
    Mar 21, 2016 at 23:18
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    Remove them as you can't tell if they're edible or poisonous, and a pet might eat them. Mar 21, 2016 at 23:52

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