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Q.Is It Usual After Having A Tree Removed For Fungi To Suddenly Grow After Heavy Rain

Zone WR11 7JH | TomWardle added on June 21, 2023 | Answered

The tree we had removed was a weeping silver birch tree, we have lived here for over 25 years and the tree was there when we bought the property. This year it was unusual in that catkin like growths appeared on the tree and the pollen? they were producing was causing my wife, who suffers from asthma and it was staining items stored below te tree. We had 2 separate contractors in to chop take the tree down and remove the roof. The first guys got the bulk of the tree down very quickly but the failed to remove the root completely. They wouldn’t return to remove the root and we had to pay a second contractor to grind down the stump. This second contractor did return, and without charging us again removed more of the root that we found when preparing the ground before planting a flower bed. We have since discovered more roots and with help from a neighbour have removed as much root as we could. Due to other commitments we had to pause work on the flower bed, and during the last week we had had some torrential rain and thunder storms. Today, as it was fine warm and sunny my wife decided finish preparing the bed but there were clumps of fungi growing in various places. Is this normal or is it due to roots still being there?.

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Answered on June 22, 2023

Unfortunately, it could be either situation! Your photos did not come through, so I am unable to see the mushrooms in question. Some mushrooms will feed on soil and its organisms, and some on wood! Still, if you would like to get rid of them, a general fungicide should do the trick for most:



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