There is no standard definition for a toadstool, and no clear distinction between toadstools and mushrooms. Both terms refer to the fruiting bodies produced by fungi. Most of these fungi are harmless or even beneficial to plants, but there are a few that can cause disease problems, such as honey fungus and the fairy ring fungi. Honey fungus below.
Description source http://www.rhs.org.uk/
Most fungi in the garden will cause no major problems, in fact they will help break down dead plant material and be perfectly safe to your garden plants. Some will also form in great clumps and will look quite pretty in the clumps around the garden. They always grow in places that you least expect them too. As in the pictures below growing through the base of a plant pot. A little tip when planting, always use fresh compost for your small plants so you do not spread fungus into them. I was being lazy at this point when I was moving some plants and scooped some soil from the garden into a pot. Luckily this will not cause any damage to the plant in the pot. But be warned about doing this.
It seems that most places we go to in the countryside we will see evidence of fungus. It is natures way of reclaiming and breaking down dead plant matter. They are nature's recycling machine. Without them we would be always tripping over huge deposits of plant and animal matter. So fungus are very important in the grand scheme of things. So the next time you want to rid yourself of them, just think about it first. Honey fungus is not good, but the majority of others are just fine.
Hiding in the plants usually is where to find them, at the base of the plant, shrub or tree. They are beautiful creations and are just simply amazing in the way they grow.
many people are tempted to pick and eat. Please unless you are with someone who knows what they are doing then do not even attempt to pick wild mushrooms. They can kill. Also some perfectly harmless looking mushrooms can look nice and edible, but with a name like Death Cap or Destroying Angel, perhaps they are best left alone. Some poisonous mushrooms can look just like normal harmless ones. So please, I say again only eat if you know what you are doing.
Removal or control of fungi. Well currently there is no known chemical treatment to eradicate fungi. If you have problems and would like to have fungi identified here is advice from the Royal Horticulture Society or follow the link here for advice on attempting to remove fungus.
My name is Jonathan and I enjoy working in my garden in my spare time. I am no professional, just an amateur. My second love is photography, shooting the flowers in my garden and of course sharing them with people who share my passions.