Sunday, September 17, 2017

Stinkhorn Fungus:

            Just when we got used to what looked like mustard globs in the bark, Stinkhorn fungus rises up from the horticultural abyss. The mustard stuff was gross but it never attacked your olfactory like the Phallaceaes, or Stinkhorn fungus, does. It’s a very fast grower, growing 0.2 inches per minute as it feeds on your bark and wood mulch.

            Believe it or not but this foul smelling fungus is edible (the little eggs are better because they don’t smell as bad), and they are not harmful to your pet or any of the other creatures that roam your yard.

            The picture provides what this spore spreading fungus looks like; getting rid of it can be done two ways if you want them out now. The truth is that they probably won’t be back next year, but that is a “probably”.

            The “By Hand” method is the most successful, but it gets you up close and personal with this “rotten to you”, but “heaven to flies” fungus.

            Wear gloves, for the smell is hard to get off, and pull it out of the bark, even the little white egg looking balls, for these will be turning into Stinkhorns real soon, and put them into a plastic bag that can be tied up tight.

            Remove the bark around it down to the true soil line; take even a couple inches of the soil too and put it into a plastic bag. Dump them all into the garbage can, not the compost pile, or compose bin.
            Fill in the hole with a little soil and bark, and let the sun dry it out.

            Another way is the bleach them out. A mixture of a cup of bleach to a gallon of water. Pour a little on each Stink horn daily until they are all gone. Spraying some fungicide over the area will kill the spores you can’t see.

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