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Old 07-19-2009, 09:43 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Stink horn mushrooms.
These are the absolute worst, most disgusting thing ever created. Forgive me for not posting a photo. If you google it, you can easily see what I'm referring to. You will be shocked to see what they resemble.

Has anyone ever encountered these wretched smelly mushrooms?
Do you know of any way to kill them?
We have been turning over the mulch & removing their golfball size eggs.

But they keep coming back !!!
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I had a couple for the first time this year after all of the June rain. They really are weird and disgusting looking. You've had more than a few, they keep coming back? Since they grow in damp mulch I'd remove some or all of it where they're coming up. Fungi like acid soil so applying lime might help.
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:24 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Talking Lime

Thanks for the advice !!
I'm heading out to the store to buy lime TODAY. Wish me luck !
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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A fungicide would work but they are pretty strong. I'd only consider them as a last resort. With lime, you won't see immediate results, but you may not have as many in the fall rainy season or next year. Luck!
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I have the octopus stinkhorn but I have them during the winter and early spring, once summer gets here they're gone. Mine started when I used my wood chipper at the edge of the woods, so I'm assuming it's the decaying wood chips that they love. On a breezy winter day my backyard sometimes smells like a garbage dump, thank goodness I don't have close neighbors.
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:54 PM
 
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wow i had one of these pop up in the front of the house today, we have had these a few times this year, my husband thought something was dead in the bushes, i limed, well low and behold that apparently helps, i dug it out right away, but i swear it frightens people away, omg, i put lavendar oil on the door step to try and deter the stink. i mean these things can make you gag with their stink, putrid, dirty smell. i love nature
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:14 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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LOL My husband swears that I am re-planting the mushrooms just to drive him crazy !!!
Every time I announce "They're baaaaack" ...lol

He's working OT so these new poopy shoots will have to wait until his day off! I am certainly NOT touching them nor will I go near them !! Ewwwwww
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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I have had them this year(first time ever) and I dig and dig and dig and then put all in a plastic bag and seal it up before dumping, They stink, they look horrible and I hate them. I will say, this year, I have had more fungi come up in my yard than ever before and some of it is very strange looking.

It became a routine to patrol my front yard every day and I must have looked like a hound dog, walking slowing and sniffing the wind........then attack !! I did spray the last one with some roundup. I will try the lime, also, for next year.

They are awful !
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:03 AM
 
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I had one come up a couple of years ago in some leaf litter. I took a picture and looked it up. It was the orange, phallic-shaped type. It withered away once the sun came up. Funny, I didn't smell anything stinky. Haven't had any more, guess I was lucky!
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:18 PM
 
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I recently had stinkhorns in my garden and have had some luck in getting rid of the so far. When I first discovered them they seem to have grown overnight. I went to pick it up like you do with mushrooms in the yard and it fell apart in my hand. It is verry mushy or wet. I then dug down into the soil and underneath the mushroom with a small shovel and carefully lifted them out being careful not to let it fall to the ground. The mushroom that you see is connected to white bals connected together by a root system similiar to ollar weeeds. After removing the ballsthey look for small pink seeds in the soil. In some places I had to dig down to the yellow dirt to find most of them. You will have to go back several times before you can get them undercontrol. So in short:
(1) Using a small shovel go underneathe the stink horn and carefully remove.
(2) Dig down into the ground a remove whie balls connected together by a root system.
(3) Dig down into the soil verry carefully sift thru and remove small pink seeds. These are also in clusters and you may have to go down to the yellow dirt.
(4) Repeat as offten as necessary until you get them under control.

I hope that this helps.
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