If you have a tree stump in your backyard, you should not consider the job finished. Whether the tree fell down on its own or you had professionals cut it down because it was becoming a hazard, leaving the stump can have a number of issues, especially if your pets frequently spend time in the backyard. When exposed to little or no sun and wet conditions, the rate of mushroom growth increases drastically. This means during rainy season you may find mushrooms constantly showing up in the tree stump. It is best to remove the tree stump, especially before it starts raining on a consistent basis.
Remove All of the Mushrooms
The first thing you will want to do is keep your pets inside, or constantly remove the mushrooms. It is ideal to do a check every morning and get rid of them by getting a pair of gloves on and pulling the stalk with force. Do not leave any remaining stalk, and if you want to go the extra mile until you are able to get the stump removed, you can also apply fungicide that will minimize or prevent the growth of new mushrooms.
Get Rid of the Source
The next step is to get rid of the stump that is harboring these fungi, the sooner the better. You just want to make sure that your pets are not in danger as mushrooms can be deadly to both cats and dogs. The majority are not harmful, but you do not want to take such a risk when it is easily preventable. In the end, you may end up paying anywhere from $144 to $416 to remove the tree stump. The main factor that will determine how much money you have to spend is the size of the stump that you want removed.
Make Plans for New Growth
Once you get rid of a tree stump, you may be in the mood to plant something right away. However, doing this will likely lead to growth issues as the old roots will remain intact for up to several years. It is best to either wait it out or pick a location about five feet away from the old stump and start growing there. Whether you have cats, dogs, or both that hang out in your backyard, you will find it in your best interest to look through lists of plants that are safe for them before you pick what trees you want to plant.
Removing a tree stump before mushrooms start growing on a frequent basis is the best way to protect your pets while they spend time outdoors.