The effects of global warming are being demonstrated right before our eyes now in Tulsa and Oklahoma City lawns, of all places. We’ve been receiving strange reports at LawnAmerica of doughnuts appearing overnight in area lawns. That’s weird enough, but our concern is that people have been eating those, only to experience some sort of hallucinogenic effect and acting goofy and such after consuming these. Brian Jervis, O.S.U Turfgrass extension agent and Master Gardener Director has stated his office has been receiving these same calls this past week, saying, “From the calls that have been coming in to the Extension Office in Tulsa County, it seems that these doughrooms are really attracted to well-manicured, weed-free hybrid turfgrasses. But it is hard to gauge as the callers were really slurring their words.”
What has happened is with the extremely warm winter and now spring, a rare mushroom has moved up from Mexico, that historically grows only in hot, dry climates. And in Mexico, they are known for their hallucinogenic effects on people, not harming them, but causing them to act goofy, almost like they are drunk or high on something. Well, as the species has moved north into Texas and now Oklahoma, it’s actually evolved into what’s called a doughroom. Seems that it looks more like a doughnut than a mushroom, and it appears very suddenly only after a hot spell, when temperatures cool just a little at night to below 48 degrees and the humidity increases to be above 60. So a homeowner wakes up to discover what looks like doughnuts all over their lawn!
These are actually doughooms, not doughnuts, but tell that to a lady leaving for the office without breakfast or a hungry kid on his way to school. Many have been gobbling these up, only to be a little loopy a few hours later. Reports from Owasso are that a most of a 4th grade class had gone crazy and tied up their teacher with masking tape while going out for recess all day running around on the playground. And homeowners have been thinking they were like Moses and the Israelites receiving “doughnuts from heaven” or something. And after consuming these doughrooms, they’ve been reported to be doing crazy, illogical things, like calling Trugreen to care for their lawn rather than locally-owned LawnAmerica.
So if doughrooms appear in your lawn, don’t pick them, and for sure don’t eat them! Only LawnAmerica has the control for these. Contact us now, and we’ll have one of our friendly, experienced Route Mangers come out to spray these and rid your lawn of this invasive species. Or we can safely gather those up, and take them to our sales guy, Darrell. Some people are immune to the goofy effects of Doughrooms, and he is one of the lucky few. He can consume mass quantities of these, and not show any of the hallucinogenic effects of these.
And…….Happy April Fools Day from LawnAmerica!