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How To Control Slime Moldslime mold

While doing some gardening in your yard, there may come a time where you notice some dark substance appearing on some of your leaves and immediately became worried. This dark substance may very well be slime mold. While this stuff may not belong on a healthy lawn it may relieve you to find out that, while unsightly, it does not do any harm to your lawn. In fact, in some ways it is beneficial because slime mold tends to eat dead organic matter, bacteria and even other molds which happen to be growing on your plants.

Slime mold is not technically a lawn disease but is more of a fungus which lives on and eats dead organic matter. Found typically in moist soil condition, the characteristic of slime mold include grass blades and the surface of the soil being covered with a translucent slimy, creamy-white growth. If left for a few days, this slimy growth can more into various colors like cream, pink, blue, orange or red. The individual spores of slime mold can even merge together and can either be dark colored or whitish colored.

While it doesn’t look pretty, when slime mold appear, it can actually be good for your lawn. Slime mold can come and go depending on the weather conditions being ideal for them and can become widely prevalent if the conditions allow it to thrive. If you are dealing with slime mold on your lawn in a heavy concerning amount, fungicides may be the way to treat them and we here at Solutions Pest and Lawn can provide you with the tools and the know-how to effectively eradicate slime mold.

How To Get Rid of Slime Mold: 3 Step Solution

Since slime mold is relatively harmless to lawns and gardens, we would recommend to tolerate it for some time, letting nature take it’s course, and it will go. However if you just want the gunk gone immediately you can cut the affected areas or engage in some sort of manual or mechanical removal. However for large severe outbreaks of slime mold, it may be best to spray a fungicide to keep it from spreading across your lawn with its ugliness. We have provided three basic steps for you to follow below to properly treat this fungus.

Step 1: Inspect and correctly identify if the mold you are seeing is indeed slime mold. While slime mold can be quite apparent to diagnose there may be cases where you may get the disease confused a more harmful disease. Identifying the growth correctly will help you in selecting the proper fungicide and help you in your treatment approach. If you are not entirely sure whether or not it is slime mold, we here at Solutions can help. Send us a photo of what you see to identification@solutionsstores.com and we will respond back quickly with the proper ID of the disease as well as give you recommendations on fungicides specially design to treat slime mold.

Step 2: Once the disease is properly ID’d as slime mold, you can move on to treatment. We have a variety of different fungicides which can effectively treat and remove slime mold. Choose a fungicide we have listed below and mix using a hand-pump sprayer. Spray the affected areas immediately going in accordance with the instructions found on the fungicide label. You may have to re-apply fungicides a few times to provide continuous control of slime mold.

Step Three: Once the slime mold has been taken care of, you can carry out a few maintenance tasks to ensure the mold doesn’t return. Giving your turf adequate sunlight by removing shady areas is a good start. Also reducing the amount of watering you are doing to ease the moisture and let the soil dry out can also be helpful. Overall just paying a bit more attention to your lawn's needs will go a long way in controlling slime growth and making sure it doesn’t re-emerge.

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