Soil Fungi
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What Is This Reddish Growth In One Of M6 Flower Beds? Should I Just Hoe The Soil To Remove It?

Zone UK Midlands | KC1958 added on March 8, 2020 | Answered

I have a number of raised beds but only this one has this thread like growth on the soil.

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BushDoctor
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Answered on March 10, 2020

You may try a horticultural extension service in your area, but without clear photos or the issue, it will be very difficult to give a diagnosis.

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BushDoctor
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Answered on March 9, 2020

Unfortunately, your photo did not come through. By your description, it sounds like the Stink Horn fungus.

This is not harmful to your soil, and is quite good at breaking organic materials down into nutrients.

Should you still want to remove it, this article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/fungus-lichen/removing-stinkhorn-fungi.htm

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KC1958
Answered on March 9, 2020

No unfortunately it isn’t this. It is rather like red thread that grows in grass, but more red and very virulent. The earth in my raised bed is covered in these reddish threads. What I find strange is that it is only in this particular bed even though I have several with the same soil, weather, aspect etc.

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