Artillery fungus - advic e please
Last fall we discovered black spots on the front of our house and on my car a found out we had that fungus. The mulch is crdar. So far we have not seen it anywhere else but the mulch is all around the house.
Unfortunately, the bushes in the front are holly and rhotodendrums and another one and all these never lose there leaves over the winter like the others in the yard.....so, even if we have all that mulch in the affected area taken away and replace with 100% cerar mulch I assume the gleba or whatever those viable spots are will be also on the leaves of those bushes and when the guy comes to prune the bushes some of the gleba will reinfect the new mulch -- am I right? Since the gleba lives for 10 years even if they prune before removing the old mulch then next year when they prune any overlooked places on the bushes from this year could fall on the mulch next year and we would have a problem again - am I right or am I making too much of this? It is horrible to try to get off the house and esp. the car.
I was thinking of stone instead but we have stone walls on both sides of the driveway and there is a bit of a slope on top to thje wall so I am afraid the stones would be falling in the driveway which is OK as I could just keep picking them up unless it snows and then if you are unable to see them hubby would be getting them in the snowblower.
Any suggestions would be helpful. If we used plastic and dirt we already get water in the basement and I am afraid of waterpooling on the plastic and creating more of a problem. HELP PLEASE.