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  •  It can be beneficial. (3+ / 0-)
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    estreya, welso, mikidee

    Certain fungus are part of healthy and vital soil at a microbial level.

    But there are types of fungus that do harm as well. I've had instances where a fungus will spread and take over the top few inches of soil in the garden and form a mat-like barrier that absorbs all the moisture and keeps it from soaking deeper to plant roots. I can peel it from the soil and it breaks away in chunks.

    I've also had fungus in my potted plants that does the same thing. It forms a large mass and sponges all the moisture from the soil. It doesn't always kill the potted plant but it can have a noticeably negative impact on its growth because the roots lose out to the fungus for the available moisture. Pots with a fungus infection like that require a LOT more watering which only makes the situation worse.

    I've opened bags of Miracle Gro potting soil or Scott's potting soil only to find solid chunks of fungus-infected dirt. At first I thought it would be okay to use it if I broke it up first but I soon discovered that it's a waste of time and money to use infected dirt. Over time the fungus will spread throughout an entire pot and severely hinder a potted plant's ability to thrive.

    Miracle grown fungus is a container gardener's nightmare!

    Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

    by jayden on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:52:40 AM PST

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