Yellow Fungus? - Knowledgebase Question

Mobile, AL
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Question by AlaMarie126
May 18, 2001
What in the world is this yellow fungus coming out of my soil? It kind of bubbles up out of the ground and dries to a white color. I tried to spray it off but then brown spores went everywhere! Very curious...and what can I do about it?

Answer from NGA
May 18, 2001
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 the soil surface to expose it to air and sunlight. It's perfectly harmless - just revolting to look at!

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