Northern Gardening forum: Fungal issues?

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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Jun 22, 2014 7:13 AM CST
Hi! Is anyone else having one of the wettest springs on record? The plants are doing ok, but I am having issues with fungus. It's a hard balance with mulch, and keeping the garden free if debris so bugs and the like don't congregate for a five star buffet. I need to spray soap shield and pyola soon.

Thoughts?
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jun 22, 2014 7:55 AM CST
We have had good rains ,but are drier now so no fungi that I can see.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Jun 23, 2014 9:02 AM CST
Hi Reid! The first pic looks like a slime mold - mostly harmless, just wandering around on top of the mulch looking for a place to fruit - but if you have fungus growing on your plants, that's not good! It might be time to consider removing your mulch, exposing the soil surface to the air, and thinning-out your plants to allow good air circulation.
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Jun 23, 2014 11:21 AM CST
Thanks June. I have started doing that already after I found the stuff. We are supposed to dry out this week thankfully.
Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Jun 23, 2014 12:41 PM CST
Fungi that thrive on dead materials (like mulch) tend not to infect live material, and vice-versa. Often they can survive on either, but only thrive on one. Yes, that looks like a slime mold - nothing to worry about. It often creeps up live stems, but rarely does any harm.

My neighbor here in St. Boni had more than 6 inches in his rain gauge from those storms a few days ago.
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Jun 23, 2014 4:05 PM CST
Thanks! Thank You!

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