MushMatte - Mycoremedation For Your Garden

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Please expect 10-15 Days for order to process because these are freshly innoculated per order. We are starting to make a standing amount which may speed your order up but no promises until we really start cranking them out. 

These Burlap Mats are inoculated with fungi.

This mat is about 3'x3' 

Unroll the mat and you'll see it's covered in mycelium and ready to use. 

Cover your soil and then cover the mat in wood chips and compost and water in. 

The MushMatte

I created the MushMatte for the DIY gardener as well as the industrial application where the natural treatment of biological and chemical contaminants in soil and water is desired.  The mycelium in the MushMatte will seek out and deliver clean water and nutrients to your garden vegetable and flowers just the way it’s done in nature”.  May 2020, David Gann, Chief Science Officer, South River Aquaponics and Alpenglow Mushrooms

            In heavily contaminated soil or water, such as an oil spill or a high concentration of  toxic waste any resulting  mushrooms should not be used for human or animal consumption.  In a normal gardening application however…enjoy your delicious mushrooms!


The MushMatte is a hardwood fiber or straw inoculated with specific mushroom mycelium’s that have shown the ability to bioacumulate soil contaminants and toxins. 

  1. Place the mat in your garden with the mycelial layer facing down. You can cover your garden area completely or just in spots where you would like to see plant health and growth improve.
  2. Gently cover the mat with a light layer of hardwood wood chips, like alder, oak, cottonwood or Aspen.
  3. Cover the mat with approximately 4-6 inches of soil from your garden, continue your normal garden watering regime and let the mycelium begin to grow and recondition the soil of your garden naturally.
  4. The MushMatte is best used in spring and fall when your garden is still active and the daytime temperatures are above 60 degrees F.


 “The term mycoremediation can be broken down and myco (fungus) and remediation (to clean, resolve, or correct, and indeed, mycoremediation is the use of fungi, specifically mushrooms , for creating simple yet effective biomass capable of breaking down environmental and industrial pollutants. Mycelium is a sort of self-healing filter that targets specific organic compounds and pollutants.  Research has proven the efficacy of using fungi to degrade contamination such as PCB’s, aromatic hydrocarbons, and oil spills.  Biological pollutants, especially E. coli, have been of special interest in recent years, and a wealth of data now supports the benefits of mycoremediation in reduction or eliminating such pathogenic bacteria”. Tradd Cotter – Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation- 2014 Chelsea Green Publishing

“Mycelium is a digestive membrane that also destroys many environmental toxic wastes, and has spawned a new science -- called "Mycoremediation." Promoting mycelium in your garden and yards helps neutralize many of the toxins that challenge our immune systems. Partnering with mycelium improves environmental health -- outside and inside our body.” Oct. 8, 2015 Paul Stamets- Fungi perfecti 


Siderophores are small, high-affinity iron-chelating compounds that are secreted by microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi and serve primarily to transport iron across cell membranes, although a widening range of siderophore functions is now being appreciated. Wikipedia

Indian researchers have recently shown that siderophores are efficient washing agents that can remove arsenic from contaminated soils. These small organic compounds secreted by micro-organisms are able to remove up to 92.8% of arsenic in contaminated soils after 5 washings. These findings could be useful for removing this toxic chemical from soils in industrial areas where it may be discharged. "Science for Environment policy": European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, edited by BIO Intelligence Service, March 8th , 2007


Thank you for buying the MushMatte. Enjoy its natural action of biological accumulation of normal garden pollutants while, under the right conditions and care, growing a crop of delicious and nutritious mushrooms to add to your weekly harvest.

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Watch for exciting new mushroom products in the very near future!

More Info


Fungi have been proven to be a very cheap, effective and environmentally sound way for helping to remove a wide array of toxins from damaged environments or wastewater. Mycoremediation is a form of bioremediation in which fungi-based technology is used to decontaminate the environment.

The toxins include heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants, textile dyesleather tanning industry chemicals and wastewater, petroleum fuels, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, pesticides and herbicide in the land, sweet water, and marine environments.

Types of treatment

Fungi use different methods to decontaminate polluted spots and stimulate the environment. These methods include

  • Biodegradation

It is the ultimate degradation and recycling of complex molecule to its mineral constituents. It is the process which leads to complete mineralization of the starting compound to simpler ones like CO2, H2O, NO3 and other inorganic compounds by living organisms, especially microbes.

  • Biosorption

The process of removal of metals/pollutants from the environment by fungi is biosorption. Biosorption is considered as an alternative to the remediation of industrial effluents as well as the recovery of metals present in the effluent.


Biosorption is a process based on the sorption of metallic ions/pollutants/xenobiotics from effluent by live or dried biomass which often exhibits a marked tolerance towards metals and other adverse conditions.

  • Bioconversion

The conversion of industrial or agro-industrial sludges into some other useful forms is called Bioconversion.


Mycoremediation is being popularly used around the world by scientists and waste treatment experts for removal of contaminants and pollutants like:

  • Metals

A variety of fungi, such as PleurotusAspergillusTrichoderma has proven to be effective in the removal of leadcadmiumnickelchromiummercuryarseniccopperboroniron and zinc in the marine environment, wastewater and on land.

  • Organic pollutants

Fungi are very efficient in the decomposition of matter. Wood-decay fungi, especially white rot, secrete extracellular enzymes and acids that break down lignin and cellulose, the two main building blocks of plant fiber. 

  • Pesticides

Pesticide contamination can be long-term and their degradation can be expensive and difficult. The most used fungi for helping in the degradation of such substances are white rot ones which, thanks to their extracellular ligninolytic enzymes like laccase and manganese peroxidase, are able to degrade high quantity of such components.