The Q&A Archives: Mulch Masses

Question: I am groundskeeper for a large corporation and recently inherited a site that was just planted last spring. There are many gardens and all have these large masses of what looks like dog puke (sorry no other way to describe it) This mass is fungal because it sporates when touched, but I don't have a name for it or how to get rid of it. I have searched all my printed materials but find nothing that resembles this 'thing'. It is everywhere and seems worse with rain and humidity. Help!

Answer: Welcome to the wonderful world of slime molds! These goopy fungi (Myxomycetes) live on dead organic matter and thrive in moist conditions. You can rake it out and dump it in the trash; especially in the early stages before it spreads its spores. Increasing the air circulation and allowing the soil to dry out will help eliminate the stuff. To help stop the growth of slime mold, just rake any mulch on the soil surface to expose it to air and sunlight. It's perfectly harmless - just revolting to look at!

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