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What is this weird fungus growing in my mulch?
Last Updated: 25th February, 2020
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Similarly, it is asked, what is the fungus growing in my mulch?
Slime Mold Facts You will usually find slime molds in garden mulch or thick grass clippings. The organism feeds off the vegetation and grows in a state called plasmodium. This plasmodium persists while conditions are moist and then turns into spores when the organism dries out.
One may also ask, is fungus in mulch bad? Bacteria are microscopic organisms that are not visible in the mulch. Other fungi, such as slime molds, consume bacteria and other organisms living in the mulch. These fungi are not harmful to landscape plants, and no known health hazards are associated with them unless they are eaten.
Also Know, how do you get rid of fungus in mulch?
One simple way to get rid of mold is to turn it over into the topsoil and wet it down with water. A second way is to loosen it up with a rake to allow air to circulate around it and help to dry it out. A third way is to remove the mulch and place it in a pile and soak the pile with water.
Does mulch grow mold?
Bark mulch, whether natural or dyed, adds an attractive, finished look to the garden while keeping down weeds and holding in moisture. The benefits of an organic mulch are offset when consistently damp or too dry mulch develops mold and fungus or you buy it with mold spores already present.