Disturbing substance growing in my lawn

suggiAugust 18, 2011

Hey All

I hope someone out there can help me. I have what looks like a dog did his business in a few spots near each other in the grass. Other than actually looking like solid poo they are in clusters and standing upright. I poked them with a stick to see if a dog had been by but they were tightly held into the ground, I am 74 and not well so hope they are not harmful as tomorrow I have to get them out of there before the guy who cuts my lawn comes and spreads them all over (if he hasn't already as I just noticed them - not out that much lately). Never saw anything like it. It is also the exact same color as a dog's poo. Forget me asking the mowing guy as he won't do anything but mow so I'm it.

Would appreciate any input into this very strange whatever in my grass. Thank you.

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Probably mushrooms or other fungal fruiting bodies. Have you gotten a lot of rain recently? A picture of them would really help.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 12:54PM
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Can't do pictures but I did some looking on the net and I think they are black stinkhorn fungus and they seem to be more widespread than I thought. Yes, lots of rain - 3" in 2 days and some before that. I read there is no way to get rid of them because the spores are everywhere even though you might get rid of what you see now. I was thinking of raking them out of the grass but still do not know if it is bad for my health.

Thanks for replying and PLEASE if you know how to get rid of them before they reach the stink stage. Apparently they attract flies and really smell terrible.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 2:30PM
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I think they are pretty benign, except the stink. Do some more research, I don't think they will affect your health. You really can't get rid of them without taking drastic measures. A daily harvest with rubber gloves is probably the only way to keep them in check.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 11:12PM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

Yes, harvest them as soon as you see them coming. Turn a zip locking plastic baggie inside out, put your hand into the bag, pluck the mushroom out, turn the bag right side out, and zip it in. As you have likely determined, the flies spread the spores.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 1:39PM
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