Ewww! What is it!?!?!? Yellow glob.

elongrad97(z6 PA)June 17, 2005

On top of my mulch, right in front of the house � no less � is this mass of burnt yellow yuck. It appeared overnight and doesn't spray away easily. What the heck is it? I have two large clumps of this &$#%. Help!

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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

I remember a bit ago, a post somewhere on GW about slime mold and people's description of it. And that sounds like what you might have. I've included a link below with some info.

Here is a link that might be useful: Slime mold info

    Bookmark   June 17, 2005 at 3:30PM
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wolfe15136(z6 PA)

We call it dog vomit mold. Grows on mulch.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2005 at 7:03PM
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chescobob(z6b SEPA)

I have several plops of slime mold on my mulched gardens. It will eventually fade away.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2005 at 11:09PM
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elongrad97(z6 PA)

Yup, that's what it is. I had one last year too, only I could live with it in a hidden spot. This one showed up right in front of the front door in time for my party tomorrow. I'll get some pics in the day light. Maybe I can find an anti-fungal. What's really gross, is that when you spray it, it turns brown and a cloud of black dust rises. Now THAT'S nasty.

Thanks for the info!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2005 at 11:22PM
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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

I think that cloud of "dust" means it just released spores so it can take over your whole yard! 8-)

    Bookmark   June 18, 2005 at 6:17PM
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elongrad97(z6 PA)

Oh, wonderful....would you like some for your garden? :)

    Bookmark   June 20, 2005 at 10:21AM
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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

Heh heh. I get enough fungii sprouting up here thank you! Sortof makes me think of that sticky "slime" that they sell for kids as a toy. You could get some tiny plastic containers, fill 'em up, and sell it on ebay or something.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2005 at 6:23PM
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stimpy926

I just removed one from my bed. I don't think it's necessary to hunt down an anti-fungal. Just dig up the affected area of mulch and dispose in the trash.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2005 at 8:54AM
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mgood4u(z6-PA)

Oh MY goodness- I just found some of this stuff growing on an old stump from a tree. It is nasty and wierd. I thought an animal puked there! lol.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2005 at 11:22PM
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lisa_ch(6)

I have to deal with this "vomit mold" alot at my job. It is actually a one celled organism. It should not harm your bed but it can do damage to turf if it finds it's way there. You can spray it away with the hose as long as it has not reached the spore stage. You can also just turn it over and under the mulch, that should kill it. Or simply dispose of it like Paula said. It will go away once conditions are no longer favorable.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 6:02AM
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elongrad97(z6 PA)

Oh, I sprayed it with a hose at one point and guess what...it's taking over my bed! I started digging it up last night, but every time I turn around, another pocket of yellow is forming. I really hate this stuff.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2005 at 9:55AM
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jizaref(5)

I have the same problem in my hemlock bark mulch! We've had so much rain, various spots of this yellow slime mold have been appearing around our yard.

I've tried scooping it away, but more appears. I've tried placing lime to change the pH (when I thought it was fungus). I try leaving it, but then it turns to a black powdery spot on top of the mulch, presumably spreading more spores.

We've had so much rain and humid weather, I assume there is no way to fight it. They are not large, just numerous. Harmless, but very unsightly.

Is is better to leave it or remove it, or will it spread no matter what?

Jeff

    Bookmark   June 30, 2005 at 10:21AM
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elongrad97(z6 PA)

Mine is in my hemlock too. It's so nasty. I dig it up, it comes back. I've tried spraying with fungicide...no luck.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2005 at 11:08AM
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mymacca(z6 SE PA)

YIKES!!!

Ready about the scary blob mold and suddenly my computer starts HISSING at me!

Damn those ads with audio! I don't want a spicy chicken sandwich now for SURE!

**Macca**

    Bookmark   July 6, 2005 at 6:39PM
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