Unless you’re a botanist, you might have trouble remembering some of the key differences between plants and fungi. Don’t let this get you down. While their cell structures and metabolic processes are actually very different, many types of plants and fungi appear to grow and reproduce in similar ways. If you see a strange organism popping up through your lawn’s grass, consult this handy guide.
Are All Fungi Bad?
First, it’s important to note that not all fungi are bad for your lawn. Many species actually break down organic matter that can harbor grass-eating pests or give rise to weeds that choke the life out of your lawn. Indeed, many homeowners use fungi in walled-off areas to break down organic waste like sawdust, wood chips, mulch, tree droppings and even food byproducts.
Key Types of Flower-Mimicking Fungi
Here’s some useful science: Mushrooms are the “fruiting bodies” of the underground fungal structure known as mycelium. … Read Full Post »