Artillery fungi

Asked September 5, 2017, 10:26 PM EDT

What can be done to eliminate what I believe to be artillery fungi in the hardwood chips in my landscaping?

Hennepin County Minnesota artillery fungus birds nest fungus

1 Response

It's difficult to distinguish bird's nest fungi from artillery fungi. Some authorities believe the sporulation activity of the former is less problematic than the latter but for the sake of this discussion the distinction is academic.

In either case, no fungicide or other chemical control has been approved to remove them.

The following bulletins discuss non-chemical controls that may be effective:
http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/hot_topics/2010/03artillery_fungus.html
http://personal.psu.edu/faculty/d/d/ddd2/
https://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-7573.pdf