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Name: Abbey
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Garden10
May 10, 2017 1:13 PM CST
Found this on the mulch of my rhodo bed today, I don't know if it's some kind of poop, I've never seen pure white poop, FWIW, or if it is, gasp, some kind of disease/fungus -- would appreciate any and all input!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 10, 2017 1:23 PM CST
It may be a fungus doing what funguses do: composting your mulch and turning it into dirt. Smiling
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Name: stone
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stone
May 10, 2017 1:23 PM CST
Possible slime mold....
I would consider it harmless.
http://plantclinic.cornell.edu...
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Name: Abbey
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Garden10
May 10, 2017 1:30 PM CST
Ah, thank you both, as long as it's not causing a problem I have to deal with : Hurray!

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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
May 10, 2017 1:42 PM CST
I think it's bird poop - also harmless.
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Name: Abbey
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Garden10
May 10, 2017 1:46 PM CST
Depends on the bird, porkpal, I've never seen that kind of bird poop before, just white -- have any ideas, we have raptors in yards here, whereas I didn't in the old place, except for the Great Wild Turkey Invasion, and no, sadly, not the kind you drink Smiling
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
May 10, 2017 3:14 PM CST
I have seen all white droppings from seagulls, nearly all white from our chickens. It's highly variable it seems.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
May 11, 2017 6:49 AM CST
I agree with Porkpal -- at least, in my yard I'm pretty sure that's what it would be. Smiling
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Name: Abbey
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Garden10
May 11, 2017 7:22 AM CST
I was thinking of wild birds, just my luck, I'd be invaded by some kind of vicious, feral chicken! Hilarious! We do have seagulls on the river, but they don't come around here, even though we're close, must be the mountains or something. I know their poop, it has a different...consistency than this in my experience. But if none of you recognize it as something scary, let it poop away! Thank You!
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
May 11, 2017 8:42 AM CST
It does look more like bird poop than fungus. How far are you from the shoreline? Do you often see any large-ish birds such as seagulls?
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Name: Abbey
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Garden10
May 11, 2017 2:36 PM CST
Like I said, the seagulls are on the river, but I've never seen or heard them anywhere but right at the water's edge. I'm maybe ten minutes from the river tops, but very close to a creek that feeds into it, not that there are gulls there, but I'm sure there are waders and such. Other than your somewhat typical yard birds, I've only seen predators like Black Vultures and Turkey Buzzards...that's up close. And I think I saw a hawk in the yard a few weeks ago. But don't they all poop out pellets, like owls? Shrug! Back at the old place, the seagulls were in the Stop and Shop parking lot along with the Canadian geese, it was depressing because I always associated that sound with being at the shore, or on the water in general, not in the Stop and Shop parking lot nowhere near the ocean.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
May 11, 2017 2:43 PM CST
White fungus is not uncommon on mulches. Compare with some of these images:

https://www.google.ca/search?q...
Name: Abbey
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Garden10
May 11, 2017 2:58 PM CST
sooby said:White fungus is not uncommon on mulches. Compare with some of these images:

https://www.google.ca/search?q...


Oh, what do you know, go read a book!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Sorry Sue, I just couldn't help myself!!! Big Grin

I never doubted you, just spitballin' with everyone -- the most important thing to me is that it's nothing to be concerned about, I'm at the stage now where planting is coming to a close, and already, I'm having problems, so one less thing on the checklist of concerns is a blessing. Smiling
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Name: Sue
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sooby
May 11, 2017 3:04 PM CST
Garden10 said:

Oh, what do you know, go read a book!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Sorry Sue, I just couldn't help myself!!! Big Grin


Of course we all know that if we find it on the internet it must be true Sticking tongue out
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
May 11, 2017 4:52 PM CST
Abbey, just stir that area of mulch up a little -- if the white stuff comes back in the same spot I'd say it's probably a fungus or something like that; if not, probably bird poop. We have lots of seagulls around here, being pretty near Lake Michigan (although we don't live on the lake by any means). Especially when the weather is bad out on the water the gulls will be in the farm fields and everywhere else where there is a bit more shelter; and they are ALWAYS at McDonald's and the other fast-food places, where there seem to be a lot of fools that think it's a good thing to feed them french fries and other goodies. Lots of the white stuff ends up on cars -- and the occasional pedestrian. Grumbling
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 11, 2017 7:21 PM CST
You don't need an ocean to have gulls. Reno has gulls in all the store parking lots and there's no oceans in any of them. It must be the free French Fries.

I am sticking with fungus. Smiling
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Name: Abbey
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Garden10
May 11, 2017 7:22 PM CST
DaisyI said: I am sticking with fungus. Smiling


I'm sorry to hear that; have you seen a doctor?? Whistling

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 11, 2017 7:26 PM CST
That would be "I'm sticking TO fungus." I don't have that problem quite yet. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
May 11, 2017 7:55 PM CST
Ugh - "welfare" gulls! Where the heck do they come from to show up in Reno?

They do love them some fries!
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Name: Abbey
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Garden10
May 12, 2017 5:48 AM CST
I always thought "There but for the grace of God go I" was a twist on an expression of humility and kindness from Corinthians uttered by John Bradford, but now I wonder if it wasn't used in Jonathan Livingston Seagull, too. Maybe it should have been. Shrug!
"Every now and then I leave the book on the seat and go and have a refreshing potter among my flower beds from which I return greatly benefited, and with a more just conception of what is worth bothering about, and what is not." The Solitary Summer -- Elizabeth von Arnim

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