Slime Mold? No Problem!

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Lately, we’ve been receiving inquiries about irregular patches of dark material, resembling grease or oil, on the leaf blades of home lawns. This is slime mold, an essentially harmless fungus that has probably been encouraged by recent rains. According to turf experts at NC State University, “Slime mold pustules typically disappear after 2 to 3 days; therefore, no control practices are needed. If the growth is particularly unsightly, the pustules may be removed by brushing, mowing, or washing the turf”.

Slime mold may first appear to be greasy or oily, but when conditions are dry, it can become quite powdery or dusty. The photo below was submitted by a Craven County resident on June 9.
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