Fungi forum: Fort Worth TX Fungus ID and help

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redbrown1234
Sep 28, 2017 6:50 PM CST

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Can anyone help me identify this mound? There are about 8 in my yard, some of them have turned white. I have bermuda grass. The make up is VERY dusty. Hit it with a mower and a brown cloud poofed up. No it's not dog feces... Group hug

Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Sep 28, 2017 8:17 PM CST
Looks like some sort of puffball
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redbrown1234
Oct 4, 2017 7:29 PM CST
So how do I get rid of them? The create a nasty ball of fungus smoke when disturbed.
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pod
Oct 4, 2017 7:38 PM CST
I don't know how to eliminate them but if I'm not mistaken, when they puff like that it spreads the spores and creates more new fungus. Hope you get an answer on eliminating them. Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Oct 4, 2017 7:56 PM CST
I would contact the https://agrilifeextension.tamu...
Texas A&M extension service.
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Name: Donald
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needrain
Oct 4, 2017 8:11 PM CST
I've never heard of anyone actually eliminating them. The largest part of the organism is underground. If you Google 'the largest living organism' you will find it's a fungus in Oregon.

However, they don't release all those dusty spores until they mature. You could take a bucket and gather them prior to that stage. I've kicked many a toad stool over in that stage and they are just sort fleshy like a grocery store mushroom. Then just put them in a sack or container and put them in the garbage. I don't know all the properties of the many different fungus that grow, so you might want to wear gloves. That should eliminate any that are in the path where the dust would be a problem. Those in the areas where they are not going to be disturbed will just disappear on their own.

However, from the time they emerge to the stage of spreading those spores is not long. Some tiny ones around here will do it in a day. Puffballs like I think you have would only last a couple of days before the spores would be at the dusty stage.
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magikawa
Nov 21, 2017 1:08 PM CST
Does it have a really strong odor? I am finding these in my yard. They are almost completely underground, have the consistency of a rotting chicken nugget, and a very strong smell. I don't think they are puffballs, as a member in your other thread suggested, but I can't find any info on them online.
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fwmosher
Jan 22, 2018 1:52 PM CST
Crawgarden nailed it! Note: Puffballs are absolutely one of the finest/richest tasting white mushroom to be found, BUT, they have to be picked young, while still white. Delicious!

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