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TheMom
06-09-2002, 06:37 PM
Any of you guys have any experience with Artillery fungus? Here's a link that describes it.

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/news/2002/06/09/2002060924462.htm

turfquip
06-09-2002, 06:44 PM
No direct experience but I'm aware of it. I will say this, you should only buy mulch from trusted, proven and reliable sources. There's a lot of 'funky' shredded hardwood lurking around...especially in Northern Kentucky :-)

Avoid foul smelling mulch when possible and be careful about batches that come from a 'new' source. Other than that, make sure you've got plenty of General Liability and mulch away!

LawnLad
06-10-2002, 01:23 PM
Here is sheet from Penn State about fungus in mulch.

http://www.cas.psu.edu/docs/CASDEPT/PLANT/ext/mulchfun.html

Additional comments by Cornell indicate that the shotgun/artillary fungus seems to come more from wood based mulch (groung up pallets that are dyed) versus bark mulch.

http://plantclinic.cornell.edu/mushroom/artfungus/artilleryfungus.htm

I attended a lecture at Secrest Aboretum a year or two ago where OSU has been testing composts and mulches. It's a several year study in progress if I recall.

The basic finding about fungus and mulch at this point if I remember correctly is that it is very important to make sure the mulch remains moist for a week or so after installing it so that bacteria will colonize the mulch. Otherwise the fungus will take over rapidly and you'll have a higher incident rate of shotgun and dog vomit type funguses. So - the advice is to water your mulch after you install it (or instruct your customers to water the mulch much like they would a new turf seeding). Also make sure you buy BARK mulches, not wood mulches which are often less expensive.