Where did this Fungi come from? by Seamus Dillon

There are two general ways this can happen. Primarily Fungi visit our landscape beds and lawns due to weather conditions. Secondarily, however the lack of nutrients, organic matter, air and water proportioned in the proper percentages can accelerate the Fungi. Lately in Western Michigan, we have had ideal conditions for Fungi to grow. The best way to combat this and keep your expensive landscape protected is to use protective treatments that prevent Fungi to grow. Also, it is best to keep the immune system of the tree, shrub or plant as healthy as possible. Insect infestation can hurt the immune system as well causing the susceptibility of a disease. Overall it is best to take all of this into consideration when caring for your lawn. #Fungitakesover

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Over watering your lawn can encourage mosquitoes? by Seamus Dillon

If you have many dry spots in your lawn and assume a simple increase in watering will solve all your problems, you will want to be careful. If you water too much and too fast, you could cause water to pool. When temperatures cool just a bit from the dog days of summer, this could encourage significant mosquito breeding. Mosquito larvae typically is on the surface of standing water, even as little as a quarter of an inch. #ihatemosquitoes

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What is that gross blob in my landscaping? By Seamus Dillon

Slime mold is actually healthy for your landscaping. They come in over 700 varieties and are in a class of themselves. They consume pathogens and bacteria and are officially known as Fuligo. They can grow and move a bit as well and are unfortunately rather unsightly. If you attempt to remove it, it may come back within days and will likely come back the following year. The conditions of moisture and heat need to be right, but once it dries out it will disappear. It is not worth trying to spray any chemicals as this will not kill the slime mold and may affect the surrounding plants and grass. The best option is to rake it and allow it to dry out. So no worries, it is not dangerous and your lawn is not being attacked by a strange disease, rest assured nature is just taking its course in an undesirable location. #lovemyslimemold
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