Mutinus caninus-Fungus-How can I get rid of it?

bdlynnloveOctober 18, 2009

I'd appreciate any advice I can get. I have this coming up in my yard and gardens. Areas where children and animals have access and also play. I can't find anything that say it's 'harmful' just that it should not be ingested. Not easy to guarentee with a 3 yr old and 2 puppies. How can I get rid of it? Permanently.

Thank you in advance.

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They are actually edible and dried ones are considered an Asian delicacy. Since they smell pretty gross, it is unlikely small kids or dogs will seek them out, but I wouldn't be overly concerned if they do. As to getting rid of them permanently, that is virtually impossible to do. They are a naturally occurring fungi native to much of the eastern US and will generate from leaf litter, forest debris, wood mulch.....pretty much any decomposing woody plant material. They, like many other fungi, are part of the natural decomposition process. They do tend to be very seasonal, typically appearing in damp weather associated with fall and spring. Cold weather or dry periods will put a stop to their appearance. If they bother you excessively, just rake them away.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2009 at 11:31AM
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