Asked on Jul 20, 2013

Something's growing on the grass in my backyard!

Val RochePattiDouglas Hunt

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Can anyone tell me what this is, and what I should do about it? I took these pics with my phone, so I hope you can see it well enough to help!??
Is it a fungus? Insect eggs of some kind?
I've never noticed it in the yard before!
It's growing in little patches like this.
3 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 20, 2013

    I believe what you are seeing is slime mold, Patti. It may be disturbing to see but actually does little real damage to your lawn. Chemical treatments are not necessary. A forceful spray from a garden hose, brushing with a broom, or use of a leaf rake all work well to disperse the powdery residue.

  • Patti
    on Jul 20, 2013

    Ok! Whew! What a relief! Thanks again, Doug!! You're soo kind and helpful! I so much appreciate the fast response I get from you to answer my questions! THANK YOU!

  • Val Roche
    on Jul 22, 2013

    I am also pleased to see this reply as I have been getting this once a year in my lawn/weeds for the last 4 years

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