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Using Spent Mushroom Substrate

If you want to improve the quality of turf growing in poor or marginal soils, consider using spent mushroom substrate (SMS) as a soil amendment.

Spent mushroom substrate (sometimes called mushroom soil, recycled mushroom compost, or mushroom compost) can improve soil structure, reduce surface crusting and compaction, promote drainage, increase soil microbial activity, and provide nutrients to turfgrasses. These improvements promote fast turf establishment, improved turf density and color, increased rooting, and less need for fertilizer and irrigation.

Several SMS production sites are located in Pennsylvania near areas of intensive turf use, providing a readily-available source of organic matter for professional turfgrass managers and lawn enthusiasts. When considering costs, keep in mind that SMS may produce better soil and turf than equal or greater amounts of topsoil.

What is Spent Mushroom Substrate?

If you want to improve the quality of turf growing in poor or marginal soils, consider using spent mushroom substrate (SMS) as a soil amendment. Spent mushroom substrate (sometimes called mushroom soil, recycled mushroom compost, or mushroom compost) can improve soil structure, reduce surface crusting and compaction, promote drainage, increase soil microbial activity, and provide nutrients to turfgrasses. These improvements promote fast turf establishment, improved turf density and color, increased rooting, and less need for fertilizer and irrigation.

Several SMS production sites are located in Pennsylvania near areas of intensive turf use, providing a readily-available source of organic matter for professional turfgrass managers and lawn enthusiasts. When considering costs, keep in mind that SMS may produce better soil and turf than equal or greater amounts of topsoil. To learn more about this resource, open the document entitled "Using Spent Mushroom Substrate as a Soil Amendment to Improve Turf".

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