7/9/2013: Slime mold

Want to know what that pile of yellow slime is in your mulch? It’s slime mold – more commonly known as “dog vomit slime mold.”

The mold appears after heavy rains, usually in mulch beds but also on grass. The good news is the mold will not harm grass or plants and is easily scooped up or sprayed away with a hose. The bad news is it looks like a dog puked in your yard.

After one of the wettest Junes on record, can’t say I’m surprised to see more mold this summer. Just wish it didn’t freak out the kids and anyone walking by our house.

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