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Fairfield, CT 06824
andersonmach
Sep 6, 2019 12:09 PM CST
I have this white Mold or Fungus growing behind my garage. Not much sun. Although Dry. And this mold or fungus is growing. I believe it was a small patch last year but this year its growing rapidly and surrounding the base of the plant and choking it.

What should I do.

Carl Anderson

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BigBill
Sep 6, 2019 12:25 PM CST
It is a fungus that feeds on dead and decaying plant material. It should NOT bother live tissue!
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cwhitt
Sep 6, 2019 12:42 PM CST
ditto what Bill said. It's rather strange though - as it is not in just one place. You might try changing the pH either up or down, depending on what it it right now. I would suspect it might be a bit acidic, so maybe up.
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Fairfield, CT 06824
andersonmach
Sep 6, 2019 5:27 PM CST
The plant was thriving. It's been there fo 35 years. This white substance is cloaking it. The picture stinks. It was beautiful plant now it's brown dead on the outside going inward toward the center ph up doesn't do anything. I even tried straight bleach on an area that doesn't matter and that doesn't stop it.
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BigBill
Sep 6, 2019 5:45 PM CST
You are not listening!
The white stuff is a fungus. IT DOES NOT hurt live plant material. The plant has issues due to bad soil, poor nutrient balance, lack of water, old age, too much heat, insects and so on.
Then to top it all off, you dump bleach!! What was the purpose of that?? Bleach KILLS organic matter like a plant! Well, I guess if the plant is really dying, you just helped it get there quicker by dumping bleach!๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€
Fairfield, CT 06824
andersonmach
Sep 7, 2019 5:31 AM CST
Bill.
The bleach I put on a patch of white stuff was up against the back of my garage. 20 ' away. I'm not an idiot.
And you are wrong. This white stuff is killing the plant. Rocket scientist if you don't know what it is don't respond.
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BigBill
Sep 7, 2019 5:53 AM CST
But bleach might not kill a fungus, at least not everyone.
I apologize if I made you mad and mis-spoke. Do what you think is best.
What type of plant is it? Things do have a lifespan. Maybe its' time is just up.
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NickyNick
Sep 7, 2019 5:55 AM CST
to andersonmach :

Two questions : are these objects (which my arrows are pointing at) part of the fungus - possibly mushrooms or puffballs?

And what kind of plant is that? Sorry, I don't recognize it.

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BigBill
Sep 7, 2019 6:18 AM CST
Again Carl, I am sorry! But you know, I re-read your post. If you spread bleach over an area of this white stuff and it was away from everything else, then you have a much broader issue. It might not be that the white stuff is attacking that particular plant, it is going after your whole yard.
So that leads me to think about a broader problem like this fungus is attacking a type of mulch or wood chip that you might have used.
Or maybe there was a tree nearby that died a while back and was taken down. The wide spreading roots of that tree could be what the fungus is after. It's fruiting bodies have to break the soil surface in order to release the spores.
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andersonmach
Sep 7, 2019 7:55 AM CST
Bill,

Sorry Also,
I snap some times...Just loved that plant. Been babying it for a long time. Type of plant. Not a clue.

I'm going to a professional today. I have samples for them. Someone mentioned Hydrogen Peroxide. Not putting anything on the plant unless I know for sure.

Thanks for the info. I do appreciate it. And again I apologize for snapping.

CARL

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sallyg
Sep 7, 2019 9:04 AM CST
I am very glad to see peace here. Well done guys!! Hurray!
It is very easy on either end to mis--read what is written and I have been an 'offender' myself.

Hope the pros can ID the plant and problem. I see some leaves that might be ninebark, Physocarpus? Another possibility, could the area have changed over the years and not as well suited for that plant as years ago? (shadier, different water..) Or have we had a bad summer and a leaf disease on that plant?
Scraping off and disposing the fungus and attached matter can't hurt.
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BigBill
Sep 7, 2019 9:54 AM CST
I'm good Carl! Was my fault.
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tx_flower_child
Sep 7, 2019 6:52 PM CST
Welcome andersonmach! We're happy that you found us and hope we can help. We're usually a pretty friendly, laidback group of gardeners.

I have no idea what your plant is or what the white stuff is. (Helpful, eh?) But I do want to emphasize what Nick was getting at when he mentioned some resources. I imagine every state and many counties have extension agents that will help for free. Same with groups like Master Gardeners. In my area the local master gardeners have a help desk and I keep their phone# on speed dial. :)

In the meantime I'm going to summon a few people that might be able to help. I just have to remember how they spell their usernames.
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BigBill
Sep 7, 2019 7:05 PM CST
Hey Carl. Have you checked out 'snow mold'?? I found a couple of images on-line where it appears to be quite similar to what you have there.
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tx_flower_child
Sep 7, 2019 7:26 PM CST
@janinilulu - You live in CT, correct? (If not, never mind.) Just wondering if you're familiar with resources in CT, like do most counties have Extension Agents? Or are there active Master Gardeners in CT? I'm down here in Texas so I don't know what y'all have. So I'm thinking andersonmach might be able to connect to some free help. (or maybe you know what he's got in his yard.)

@critterologist - I remember you identified slime mold for me awhile ago so thought I'd see if you might have any idea what andersonmach has growing in his yard. If not, never mind.
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cwhitt
Sep 9, 2019 8:35 AM CST
@andersonmach - I too think sending a photo to your county extension office is a good idea. I did that once, and they were very helpful. And, they also know what type of fungus might be a problem in your area.
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Sep 9, 2019 8:42 AM CST
It looks like a dog vomit slime mold


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Sep 14, 2019 1:40 PM CST
Agree with CWhitt ... re: checking with county Ag Office.
Moved home to NC 6yrs ago ....
There was 'dip' in the front yard that had white flat mats growing in it.
Took some photos and sent to the Ag Agent who wrote a weekly column for the newspaper.
"They are fungal mats; there was a tree there at some point and they will feed on the roots until the roots are gone."

Funny thing -- none of the neighbors remember a tree in that spot in the yard!

Ag people are great!

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