The Q&A Archives: Soil fungus

Question: Strange soil develops in a couple of my beds. The soil below the surface becomes rust colored and crumbly with white fibers in it. Whatever has been growing in the area begins to decline. Is this a fungus? What can cure it? Joan McKinney Houston,TX

Answer: It does sound like you have some sort of fungus growing in your soil. Usually this situation occurs when there is a large mass of organic matter -- such as a log or stump -- buried in the soil, and it is decomposing. You might try contacting your local Cooperative Extension agent about having your soil tested -- number is 409-544-3255.

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