stinkhorn fungus mushrooms - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, Fl
Question by dejavu9437
March 1, 2011
I have stinkhorn fungus mushrooms in my flower beds. Can you recommend something to get rid of them. They are horrible! This is the first time I've ever seen them in my yard. I did have red mulch put down last year and I think that's where they may have come from. Please help!


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Answer from NGA
March 1, 2011

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I think you're right - they probably came from the mulch you put down last year. Stinkhorns are stinky indeed! They grow on decomposing organic matter and like many fungi, tend to send up their gross, stinky "mushrooms" when the weather is cool and moist. There is not a control per se but they tend to go away on their own. Rake the mulch several times during the growing season to help dry it out. You can also chop off the tops when they appear to avoid some of the stink. Once the mulch dries out a bit, the mushrooms will stop growing. Best wishes with your garden.

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