Patti
Patti
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  • Newton, KS
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?
Is it a fungus? Insect eggs of some kind?
I've never noticed it in the yard before!
I've never noticed it in the yard before!
It's growing in little patches like this.
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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