No need to spray fungicides on lawn mushrooms

Posted August 14, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Rainfall, followed by a few days of warm temperatures, will usually bring out mushrooms.

When that happens, local University of Missouri Extension centers start getting telephone calls from homeowners wondering about what to do with the new mushrooms (or toadstools).

According to Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist, University of Missouri Extension, mushrooms may be unsightly to homeowners, but they do little damage to lawns and trees.

“In some cases, mushrooms benefit the landscape by releasing nutrients,” said Byers.

In some cases, the mushrooms may grow in a circle, forming “fairy rings.”

Grass inside the rings is darker green and may grow taller as nutrients released as organic matter is decomposed by the fungal bodies. In other cases, the soil inside the ring may become engulfed with fungal

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    Fishing in the dark…

    In August and early September I have enjoyed some of the best top-water fishing I can recall, with nothing more than a casting reel, my old johnboat and an old-fashioned jitterbug lure… and a headlamp. It puzzles me that when I am fishing during the daytime, that jitterbug, first made seven decades ago by the Arbogast Lure Company, doesn’t seem to get much attention from bass. I use another old reliable Arbogast lure, the hula popper, during daylight hours and catch bass on it. But it

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    Share your opinions on protecting deer

    Go online to to share opinions on proposed MDC regulations. Public comment period ends Aug. 14. Thank you to those who have already submitted your comments.

    As you may well know, the Missouri Conservation Commission recently approved proposed regulation changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri regarding the operations of hunting preserves and wildlife breeding facilities that hold white-tailed deer, mule deer, and their hybrids. Under the Missouri Constitution, MDC (which is governed by the citizen-led Conservation Commission) has the authority and

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    Cats biting on grasshoppers

    ElDo Report

    by Charles Keith

    R&R Sporting & Tackle

    We did the best we ever did. It was in the Osage on yellow grasshoppers. We put in at Taberville and went down. People who put in there and went up caught nothing.

    We caught 10 blue cats from 25 lbs. up and 25 lbs. down on big ol’ yellow grasshoppers. That’s the only thing they would bite. They threw seven back that were in the slot length and illegal. They

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    When to pick a pumpkin?


    by Marilyn Odneal, Horticulture Adviser

    Vonna Day of Hartville, along with her husband, Lynn, plants a good- sized garden every year. Their garden is approximately 30 by 40 feet and their usual crops are corn, green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash and okra. Vonna found she was growing a new crop this year.

    “Last year I got some pumpkins from friends and after I used them for decoration, I broke them up and put them out in the garden. This year,

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    Plan fall garden now

    Some of the best quality garden vegetables are produced and harvested during the fall season when warm, sunny days are followed by cool, humid nights.

    However, there are also problems with getting a fall garden started according to Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    “August brings with it high soil temperatures, high light intensity and rapid soil drying. These factors present real problems with getting uniform stand of plants,” said Byers.

    In August, the surface of the soil can become

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    The last bass

    It was early October of 2010, and the first falling leaves were floating along the river beside us. Uncle Norten and I had enjoyed a great day of fishing. The bass had been hitting, and I marveled at how well he could cast and fish at his age of 87.

    He had begun to have trouble remembering how to get to the river, but he had no trouble remembering how to fish a spinner-bait, or bounce a jig

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    Deer hunting, then and now

    I remember what deer hunting was like back when I was a boy. I am utterly amazed at how it has changed. Some very good hunters regularly visited Dad’s pool hall where I worked as a kid. Most of them were rural people who knew all about deer and how they moved. At that time in the mid-60′s I would estimate the Ozarks of southern Missouri had about 10 to 20 percent as many deer as we have today. In those times, if I remember right, the season was only a few days and

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    Fish biting at night

    Lake Stockton Report

    by Michael Weis

    Stockton State Park Marina

    A couple of guys brought in a lot of crappie the last couple of nights. They said they were using lights.

    The crappie were keepers, but not much bigger than keepers.

    We have a few crappie beds throughout this area.

    People have been bringing in a steady amount of catfish. They are using perch on trotlines and jugs. The cats run up to 10 lbs. a couple of blues but mainly flatheads.


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    Walleye bite in August in Canada

    It was hot last year, too, the first week of August.

    We wondered what the weather was like in Canada. Sondra Gray, who is the editor of the Lightnin’ Ridge Outdoor Journal which I publish, loves to fish, and her husband, David, had a vacation coming up. Gas was high, about 2.59 a gallon, if I remember right, but a display company in Minneapolis had asked me to build an old time wooden johnboat about 10 feet long and they would pay my expenses for delivery. So

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Outdoors Archived

    Container corn?


    by Marilyn Odneal, Horticulture Adviser

    Container gardening is a great way to garden on decks, patios, apartment balconies

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