Weird yellow fungus-y thing in my garden...?

conniemcgheeMay 20, 2009

I should have taken a picture, but it was SO GROSS I just wanted it out of there, stat!

There were two spots of this in my mailbox garden. One spot looked sort of like a mass of fallen goldenrod blooms. The other looked like pizza cheese, slightly burned. Ack! It appeared to be coming up from the soil...? Kevin scooped out the mulch and it was throughout, and looked like there were traces of it in the soil.

Did someone's dog or cat vomit in my garden? Or is it some kind of fungus? I've never seen it. Any guesses? And, if it's a fungus, what do I do?

It wasn't too near any plants, thank goodness.

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TnShadyLady(7a)

It sounds like dog vomit fungus 'Fuligo septica'. It won't hurt anything and it appears on damp mulch. I just rake it off and dispose of it.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2009 at 8:35PM
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conniemcghee

Wow! I just googled Fullgo Septica, and that's definitely it! I can't believe there is really something called dog vomit fungus! That's totally what it looked like. Well, thanks for your help! I am sure glad to know it's nothing to worry about. :)

    Bookmark   May 20, 2009 at 8:53PM
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cannahavana(z7a Knoxville)

LOL! We call it mulch vomit! It is pretty gross.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2009 at 10:42PM
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conniemcghee

Nasty, for sure!!

You know, I have noticed a lot of mushrooms growing from this mulch too.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2009 at 11:23AM
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novice_2009(zone 6b)

What kind of mulch do you use?

    Bookmark   May 21, 2009 at 8:03PM
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conniemcghee

This time, I think it was Scott's. Midnight mulch. In a bag from Home Depot.

I think this mulch was kinda funky. :( What is up with all the mushrooms? We never had mushrooms at the other house. This neighborhood just sort of seems to be more prone to them. I see them in people's yards. In our yard. I do not remember a single mushroom in our other neighborhood. I am so perplexed by this. And annoyed...I am working so hard to keep the backyard completely free of plant material that is of questionable toxicity to pets. Then I have these stupid mushrooms popping up everywhere, and from what I understand I would have to become a mycologist to even begin to take a guess on whether or not they are poisonous. Argh! Stupid mushrooms!

OK, sorry about the mushroom rant. :)

    Bookmark   May 21, 2009 at 11:00PM
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recluse(6b/7 NE TN)

When we first moved into this house we had mushrooms growing everywhere. I think it was caused by the lawn holding too much water and too much shade.

We repaired two gutters and added a flexible tube to a downspout to redirect the water away from the house. With these improvements, additional landscaping, and regular mowing the mushrooms no longer pop up every spring.

I have added planting beds along the front and side of the house, and evergreen trees/shrubs along the edge of my property, so that all that spring rain is used up.

Our front lawn used to have a musty, funky smell in the spring that has now disappeared with all the plantings using the excess water.

Not much we can do about the shade since our neighbor has 3 large Silver Maples that border our property. We trim what we can reach that hangs over our property but it's a losing battle.

Tn seems to be deluged with rain in the spring, much more so than other places I have lived. Tn also seems to have an abundance of mushrooms spores.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 6:20AM
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conniemcghee

Hmm, that's interesting. Our gutters need some work...maybe that's part of the problem. Maybe with time and care ours will go away too. Thanks!

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 8:50AM
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tngreenthumb(z6 TN)

Fungi are just a part of the decomposition process in this part of the world. (Well..ok...most parts of the world.) Mulch is chopped up wood. It rots and holds moisture, which is good for the plants. That also forms a perfect growing medium for spores.

I used to get bent out of shape over them but decided it wasn't worth worrying that much about. And in general, most animals won't eat things that are harmful to them. Otherwise the plants would have won a looooong time ago.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2009 at 2:06PM
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