The Q&A Archives: black coming off on shoes

Question: When we walk on the lawn, black stuff comes off on our shoes. Can this be a fungus? The lawn was seeded and aerated this spring.

Answer: It is possible that there is a fungal infection such as stripe smut. I would strongly encourage you to contact your local county extension for a specific diagnosis and based on knowing that, recommendations for how to treat it. In the meantime, here is some information about this type of problem. (Please note that the control recommendations in the article were developed for another state and may not be accurate/applicable for NC.) You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.

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