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Through the years I have come across a numerous amount of Slime Molds on peoples properties. When I first got into this business and saw these Molds for the first time I can't even tell you what I thought they were. Slime Molds range in shape, form and consistency. Honestly when you see some of them you wouldn't even think it was a mold, you would think it was something completely different. Most Slime Molds are not very harmful to plants but a Pre-Notification of sort of future things to come if corrective measures aren't taken soon. These molds are generally found in mulch beds and plant beds and are rarely found in a lawn but can be. 


Slime Molds such as this in a plant bed is generally a great indicator that your mulch is old and beginning to rot.
It time to remove the old and place some new mulch. This is one of the most common in this region.

 

Slime Molds come in many forms and can be located in many areas although they are generally found in plant beds and mulch areas.

 

Also a pretty common Slime mold found in this region.

 

Although I have seen this a time or two it is not a very common Slime Mold in our region. 

 

This is also one of the most common Slime Molds found in this region.

 

I have seen this on occasion but not to often in this region

Slime Molds are more of a very unsightly nuisance that anything else.  Slime Molds are harmless organisms that suddenly appear during warm to hot weather following heavy rains or watering. These primitive organisms feed on decaying organic matter, fungi, and bacteria in the thatch and soil. Slime Molds do little damage to living turf grass but may cause some yellowing by shading the affected leaves. Fruiting of the Slime Molds is favored by warm, moist weather and thick thatch.

Slime Molds soon disappear when left alone. You can accelerate theprocess by raking, brushing, or mowing the area. After the onset of dryweather, you can hose down the area with water.

 

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