The Q&A Archives: Slimy Mold in Mulch

Question: I have beige and green slimy molds that come up overnight in the mulch of my landscape. I pick it up by hand and dispose of it but more comes back...What can I use to get rid of it or should I even bother?

Answer: Michael,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

Don't bother with the slimy molds. They are one of thousands of different fungi that are part of nature who's job it is to turn organic materials back into soil. Weather conditions often bring about their visual appearance on the surface. They come in many different forms including some that are slimy, some that grow mushrooms of various sizes shapes and colors, some that look like scrambled eggs, and some that produce stinky structures. If you want you can remove them growth on top of the mulch with a shovel and either toss it or turn it under the mulch. You can also just ignore it and it will go away in time, and probably return again later in the year or next year.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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