Mulch Problems

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  1. Mushrooms Sprouting in Mulch
  2. Mold in Mulch
  3. Would Dark Mulch Have Walnuts Inhibiting Growth?
  4. White Powder Spreading in Base of Plants on or in Mulch
  5. leaf collection around base of tree
  6. Mulching
  7. Black Eggs in Mulch
Asked by kimh on May 26, 2011
Mushrooms Sprouting in Mulch

I put new mulch in flowerbeds last summer,  and now there are mushrooms sprouting up all over. Very frustrating, can someone please help me?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can treat the mulch with a fungicide to reduce the mushrooms. Also, try watering in the morning, as opposed to the evening so that the mulch has a chance to dry out some over the day so it is not wet at night, which is when the mushrooms are most likely to grow.

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Asked by Anonymous on May 31, 2011
Mold in Mulch

When I turned my mulch/soil in my garden beds, there were small white bulbs or balls and the mulch has a white dust all over it. What is this? Mold? How do I prevent it?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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Asked by mary t on May 2, 2012
Would Dark Mulch Have Walnuts Inhibiting Growth?

All of the plants in all the beds did not grow as they did in past years. Someone pointed out that walnut stunts the growth. Would this be the case of the dark black mulch? I used dark black mulch last year and I had a very poor showing of flowers. The retailer claimed there were NO walnuts in the mulch.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It would not have contained black walnut. But, if you use mulch every year, the soil may be depleted of nitrogen, which would stunt plant growth. You should have the soil tested to see if this has happened.

Another possibility is that the mulch was dyed, which has its own issues. This article has more on that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/mulch/dyed-mulch-in-gardens.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on June 18, 2012
White Powder Spreading in Base of Plants on or in Mulch

I have just started noticing a white looking, powdery-like fungus in the mulch around the plants I recently transplanted. It’s only spreading on the mulch and has not gotten on the plant leaves yet. Can you tell me what it is and how to get rid of it?

ANSWERS
Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This is powdery mildew. Powdery mildew is caused by fungus. For more information, here is an article or two that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/get-the-cure-for-powdery-mildew.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/powdery-mildew-homemade-and-organic-remedies.htm

It can also be treated effectively with neem oil. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by sinnemabob on December 31, 2013
Leaf Collection Around Base of Tree

Is there any risk of mold forming when leaves are raked and brought around the base of a tree? My concern in this wet Oregon winter climate is that this is a good environment for mold to reproduce and kill grass.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, any time you leave dead material out, there is the potential for mold or other problems (such as pests, disease or fungus) to develop, especially in wet environments.

I would recommend that if you are going to leave the leaves piled up around the tree, that you chop them up with a lawn mower. This will increase how quickly they decompose and reduce the amount of time they potentially have to develop a problem.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 13, 2014
Mulching

I have a large yard and usually put 8 yards of mulch on all the beds every year. I have lived in this house for about 6 years and I have been wondering if I am doing the right thing. I have to first pull all the weeds before I put the mulch on and this is a real pain. I have been thinking of a different approach. I was wondering if I could rake all the old mulch off the beds and then use some type of cultivator to get rid of the weeds and loosen up the soil. Then put the old mulch back on and replace any areas that need it with new mulch. I probably wouldn’t need near as much mulch. What do you think?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can also try using a weed barrier below the new mulch. Thick layers of newspaper, cardboard or landscaping cloth will work. You can lay the new mulch over the old without having to weed. The weed barrier will kill the weeds (by blocking the sunlight) and keep them from growing up through the mulch.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 16, 2014
Black Eggs in Mulch

I found hundreds of tiny black eggs – maybe even thousands – in some mulch near my house. What could they be?

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theficuswrangler

Hard to tell from this information, they could be many different things. Your best bet is to take some to your nearest extension service, or contact an entomologist at a local university; someone there may be able to identify the eggs.

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