I have stinkhorns in my yard. What are they? Why/how do they grow (certain...

Asked June 22, 2017, 7:04 AM EDT

I have stinkhorns in my yard. What are they? Why/how do they grow (certain types of soil/environment)? Most importantly, what is the best way to get rid of them?

Franklin County Ohio

1 Response

Stinkhorn is a fungus, that does not cause plant disease. It grows as saprophyte, taking their nutrients from dead plant material, such as wood mulch, buried wood, tree stumps that were not completely removed, debris or rotting roots. There are no chemical control measures, as a fungicide, to spray to make them go away. Be relieved that they are short lived each season and may not appear in the same area again. However, to reduce the likelihood of their reappearance, debris and hardwood bark mulch should be removed and replaced with pine needles or pine bark mulch. Karen