Dog stinkhorn fungus, or Mutinus caninus, grows in lawns and gardens across the United States. Dog stinkhorn fungus begins its life as an egg-shaped structure and eventually becomes an erect black and red fruiting body. As the fungal body begins to age, it becomes covered with black slime and emits a rotten odour that attracts flies. Fortunately, it is possible to eradicate this unpleasant invader.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Baking soda
- Corn meal
- Leaf rake
- Vertical cutter
Remove any snow from the lawn that has not melted by early spring. This snow can be shovelled up or melted with salt. If not removed, the snow will provide the fungus with the moisture it needs to grow.
Mow the grass short. Longer grass holds more moisture, which will allow the fungus to thrive. Lawns should be mowed once or twice a week if you are trying to eradicate dog stinkhorn fungus.
Spread baking soda or corn meal over infested portions of the lawn. These products will draw moisture away from the fungus, which will help to slowly kill it. The baking soda or corn meal can be sprinkled weekly, or more often if needed.
Treat the fungus-infected areas with commercial fungicides. These fungicides can be purchased at home improvement and hardware stores. Use a broad spectrum fungicide or one that is specially formulated to kill dog stinkhorn fungus.
If you must water your lawn or garden, do so in the morning. This will ensure that the water evaporates before the fungus has a chance to absorb it.
Remove thatch from the yard. Excess build-up of thatch can trap moisture in the ground, which helps the fungus thrive. The thatch can be removed with a leaf rake or a vertical cutter.
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