Real Green Services

Expect More, Get More; with Real Green! Call 512-852-0343 For A Free Consultation!

Fungus in Mulch Info Austin TX

Fungus in Mulch Information Austin TX

If you deal with shredded hardwood mulch in a landscape, sooner or later you’re going to have slime mold. It normally starts as a wet-yellow or wet-orange blob on the top of a mulched bed, then hardens and turns tan and becomes a brown pile of dust. While the wet stage lasts 24-36 hours, the hardened, brown-spore stage can last a month. The slime mold is fried and eaten by natives of Veracruz, Mexico, called “caca de luna”. In Austin it’s almost always associated with shredded hardwood mulches. It gets energy from organic matter below the soil line rather than from the sun, like other plants. If a fungus feeds on living organic matter, it is called parasitic. If it feeds on non-living organic matter, it’s called saprophytic. Slime mold shows high levels of organic matter trying to do something and you don’t need to control it. If you do, you can control it by flipping it over and soaking the area with a fungicide like Consan. Once it’s dried and hard, forget about spraying it with anything. Another saprophytic fungus we are all very familiar with is slime mold. It shows up as a little area of grass that looks as if someone coated the blades with oil and then sprinkled cigarette ashes or salt and pepper on the blades. Again, Consan brushed on the blades in that area will help to suppress the mold, though it will go away on its own.

Real Green Lawn Care

Free Lawn Analysis

For fast service, fill out this form for a free, no obligation lawn analysis. You don’t have to be home for your analysis. The professionals from Real Green Pest and Lawn will take a look at your lawn and leave all of our findings conveniently at your front door.

Let's turn your lawn into the neighborhood showstopper and keep pests at bay. Get your free quote today!


Austin Lawn Care Experts


Real Green’s lawn service is customized to your lawn with professional grade products and fight the tough, drought related weeds, lawn-damaging bugs and disease while providing a nutrient-rich diet and water saving products to thicken and green up your lawn. No more messy fertilizer and chemical storage. No more concerns about burning your yard. You water and mow, we’ll do the rest.

Lawn Care
Tree & Shrubs
Pest Control
Sprinkler Repair

Real Green Services


Real Green Services are known for our great service and low prices throughout Austin and the Central Texas area. We currently service all of Austin and a large portion of the Central Texas area, please call us if you have any questions!

Fastest Growing Company in Texas

Call For Your FREE Service Estimate!


Or CLICK HERE for a FREE lawn care estimate!


Or CLICK HERE for a FREE pest control estimate!
Now Available from REAL GREEN

NEW Value Packages.

Your choice of high-quality services: surface insect control, grub control, aeration, home pest control, fire ant control, disease control, and … lawn care! 

*Value packages are available now, saving you hundreds of dollars from one expert, licensed provider you know and trust.