Help! What is this gross yellow foamy/spongy stuff?

orangecat(Mid-Atlantic)June 7, 2005

This morning when I left my house and was getting in my car, I looked at my front garden and noticed this really disgusting looking yellow foamy/spongy stuff in two spots in my garden---around the trunk of a redbud and underneath a mum. The two spots are a few feet away from each other, and there was none of this stuff in between or anywhere else in the garden (at least that I saw in my frenzy to get to work). I used a trowel to scoop it away. It's a very spongy/foamy substance that is a strong yellow in color. Does anybody have any idea what this is or what I should do about it? (I don't know if it makes any difference but it has been very humid here and we had strong thunderstorms last night so it was very wet this morning. But I haven't seen this stuff before and I didn't see it in any of my neighbors' gardens.) Thanks for any help!

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chinacat_sunflower(7)

slime mold, most likely- they run the gamut from the consistency of mousse to that of a gummy bear left out in the rain for a few days- they're both gelatinous, and a bit fluffy.

they're harmless, rare, and really kind of cool- they creep, and look like tiny rainbow versions of 'the blob' I like the orange ones best...

but it's ok if you scooped it up and tossed it, you're not going to upset the environment or anything.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2005 at 9:04AM
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gabehart(5a OH)

Search for dog vomit fungus. It's yucky but harmless/ just scrape it off with a shovel and pitch it. More may show up.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2005 at 9:13AM
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slubberdegulion(z7 VA)

How cool is that! Thanks for posting (and asking), I'd been wondering what that was in my mulch too. I'd assumed it was a type of slime mold (dog vomit is a great name for it). I like stepping on it when it forms spores, sort of like a flat puff ball mushroom.
Kent

    Bookmark   June 7, 2005 at 11:41AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

But not rare....judging by the zillions of posts in some years! Maybe you are the first this year to spy the ubiquituous slime mold called dog vomit!

    Bookmark   June 7, 2005 at 4:04PM
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Stellinate(5 OH)

I have some this morning also and then ran across this post. YUCK. But should I leave it there? I found some sites that said it is beneficial and others that just say it won't cause any harm.

If it doesn't really do anything, it's out of here, but if it's doing a good job at something I can tolerate it for awhile.

Funny though, when I saw it I wondered what the cat ate.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2005 at 9:16AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Some of us would say that it is beneficial in that it is one of the 'recycling' organisms. It's turning your mulch into the elements that can be taken up by plants. So, it has a job to do. I don't think you would upset the balance of the universe, though, if you stirred it up with a rake to make it disappear!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2005 at 11:22AM
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metz01_comcast_net

I have found these patches that are kind of foamy but firmish. When you step on them a black poder pours out of it. Is this the same thing? I hit one with the hose and the poder was airborn and visible for a while. A little alarming to see and I could only imagine that it is a fungus of some sort. Very strange.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 9:30PM
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orangecat(Mid-Atlantic)

Sounds similar to what I have. And they keep coming back--especially after it rains. After they've been there a couple days and dry out a bit, they get harder. And yes, if you do try to move them dispose of them, they have a tendency to break/collapse and spread spores everywhere. So, since they apparently are harmless (and keep coming back again and again!), I gave up on that. I still haven't gotten to the accepting-it-as-a-beautiful-part-of-nature stage though--lol--and I'm sure my neighbors wonder what we're doing to that garden....

    Bookmark   June 23, 2005 at 6:59AM
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jlgreg(z6b MD)

If you want to get rid of the mold, I've used Safer garden fungicide to kill it when it started taking over my barrel planters. It crept up the side of the barrel and started drowning my dianthus.... Very yucky!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2005 at 2:08PM
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ROBERTnj

I have this too so I'm glad I now know what it is.
There are patches of it on every part of my property that is mulched.
First year I've had the pleasure (not) to experience it.

Is it related to the mulch I chose to use this year or would it have happened regardless?
Reason I ask is because I used a new mulch supplier this year. It did not come from my usual source.

Thanks

    Bookmark   August 1, 2005 at 8:11PM
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mamimo(Sunset 16)

We had a pile of that too a few weeks ago. The first time we saw it, my four year old asked if the neighbor's dog threw up in our yard. After we discovered what it was, the kids were thrilled and went to check on it every few days to see if it would grow. But it has disappeared since and hasn't reappeared. Bummer, the kids thought it was one of the coolest thing we found in the backyard.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2005 at 5:22PM
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janie_2007

I have this orange foamy/spongy stuff oozing between the lanolium and outer wall of my bath room. It looks like a sponge that would be found in the ocean. I won't be so worried if it's the same thing. But I would like to know; "How do I get rid of it and why is it growing in my bath room?"

    Bookmark   April 13, 2007 at 8:08PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You'd have to post a good picture, janie.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2007 at 5:32PM
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binidpz_gmail_com

I got the fright of my life this morning when I woke up and found this yellowish spongy mold growing on the edges of my stoop! We bought this house a few months ago and have basically rebuilt the whole house from scratch! We are levelling the front garden so there is just sand everywhere, and this is where this mold seems to be growing! I assumed it could make us sick so I pored jik on it and scooped it away, but after I moved it I noticed it had a verry "bloody" base! Freaky!!! I wonder if it is the same thing you guys are talking about?

    Bookmark   October 1, 2011 at 3:15AM
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elliander

While having my master bedroom refinished a very slow roof leak was discovered. I had to have it sealed on the outside and on the inside in the attic was this very large yellow sponge like structure. I thought it was mold at first so pulled it all out and threw it away. After I did my research though and learned that it eats mold and bacteria and is not really a mold itself I realized that it actually protected my house from mold and was part of the reason why some of the water damage was minimized. It apparently crawled in through the tiny hole when a tree hit the house more than 2 years ago and I only found the leak today which should emphasize just how much of a benefit it was to have around. Then I learned that they move and have animal like intelligence despite lacking a nervous system so I decided to dig it out of the trash, give it a bowl to live in, and make a pet out of it.

Doesn't look that pretty right now, but I plan to document how it develops.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   October 21, 2011 at 3:05AM
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sherryd0049

I also have this strange looking yellow stuff growing in my yard (grass). It starts out like bright yellow slime with a spider web attached to the grass and then it starts growing, looking like yellow cauliflower. It grows real fast and on the 2nd day or so, it turns white and it you step on it, black powder explodes out of it. It looks to me like black spores maybe. Is this like anyone else;s grass or garden? I have never seen any thing like this before. Yucky, like out of a horror movie.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 8:24AM
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lisanti07028(z6NJ)

sherryd0049, you need to post a picture of it, and your best results would come from starting your own thread, preferably in the Name That Plants forum here on Gardenweb, rather than adding to a very old thread. I hope to see you and a picture in Name That Plant soon!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 11:18AM
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sherryd0049

here is what it looks like

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 2:44AM
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sherryd0049

here is what it looks like

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 2:45AM
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sherryd0049

here is another

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 2:48AM
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sherryd0049

these are different ones growing in my front yard

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 2:49AM
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sherryd0049

these are different ones growing in my front yard

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 2:50AM
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