will Listerine for fungus kill my grass

suggiAugust 18, 2011

I read that sprayng Listerine on stinkhorn fungus will kill off the fungus slowly but will it also kill my grass. There doesn't seem to be much hope for getting rid of this nasty fungus that is spreading all over my lawn .

The only suggestions I could find were Listerine sprayed on the areas or a solution of baking soda and water (not too much hope) or gasoline which I really do not want to do -- or paving the whole yard. With these options I am discouraged and hope I can try the Listerine withioyt losing my entire lawn. I think besides the wind blowing the spores that when the mow guy comes he spreads the fungus as he mows over what is there and I have to kill it off -- since I am elderly and not well I am afraid to dig it out.

Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you.

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No, it won't work. Outside of powerful fungicides, I really don't think there is any way to prevent these mushrooms. If you want to lessen their occurance then you should pick them out of your lawn on a regular basis (a few times a week, or whenever you see them if you have the time).

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 11:54AM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

Never heard of that one.

There are a couple of tools in the organic bag of tricks. Have you tried ordinary corn meal, used coffee grounds, or milk? The application rate for corn meal and coffee ground would be 20 pounds (dry) per 1,000 square feet. For milk you can use it full strength or any dilution down to 3 ounces per gallon of water. You can use spoiled milk, chocolate, skim, whole, goat's, or any kind of milk. There might be a preference for unpasturized (raw) milk from those specialized locations which sell it.

Organic materials usually take 3 full weeks to see improvement because of the biological processes that have to happen. Essentially the corn or coffee attracts certain fungi to decompose the grains. Then those fungi attract the predatory tricoderma fungi which will then go on to kill the disease fungi. At least that is the theory. Sometime it works better than others.

Where do you live?

What kind of grass do you have?

What is your soil like?

How often do you water and for how long?

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 1:33PM
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