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sb28wannab
Jun 14, 2020 3:12 PM CST
I live outside St Louis, Mo. When I went out to water my flower bed I found something strange in the bed. It starts out looking like a rock. When I watered it it changes to brown powder. A lot of it. It rises while I'm watering it, like it doesn't mix with water. Underneath it again looks like a rock only yellow. When I break it with my shoe it is like rough yellow paper. It is kind of freaky. Any idea what this is?
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plantladylin
Jun 14, 2020 3:21 PM CST
Hi sb28wannab, Welcome!

What you describe sounds like some type of mushroom/fungi. Can you possibly upload a photo so that we can see it?
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oneeyeluke
Jun 15, 2020 9:35 AM CST
They are called puffball mushrooms and they are hard to get rid of because of the spores scatter when they break or are hit with the mower. They are mushrooms living on decaying matter and there due to conditions. I try not to breath any of the dust when I hit them with the lawnmower. Their not a danger, but don't breathe the dust.
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