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The Not-So-Sweet Smell of Stink Horn Mushrooms.

It happens each winter. Just after a much needed rain, you walk out the door and you are assaulted by a horrible odor!  After looking around you notice the stench emanating from an alien looking, slimy mushroom protruding from your lawn or landscape bed. You have encountered the stink horn mushroom.

 

The stink horn mushroom mimics the smell of rotten meat to attract flies. As the flies forage on the mushroom, they pickup the fungal spores, and help spread them.

 

For years, this type of fungus slowly breaks down organic matter in the soil.  The organic matter might be an old tree stump, mulch, leaves, or a board buried during house construction.

 

To remove the stinky offender, the best course of action is use a plastic bag. Place it over your hand like a glove, and break off the mushroom. Tightly seal the mushroom inside. If you can get to the mushroom in the “egg” phase, you will bypass the odiferous stage.

 

Fungicides do not work to get rid of this mushroom.

 

 

Do not try to rush the recovery of your freeze damaged plants. Extra water and fertilizer will not aide your plants at this time. Click here for a list of faq's regarding freeze damaged fruits.

 

Before you box up your backyard citrus for the folks up north, click here:

 

 

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