There are more than 10, species of fungus in North America. Most present themselves as mushrooms, but a good many are mold. The fungus that affects plants is actually a form of mold. It appears as a white, powdery coating on leaves and quickly spreads. This is due to the way that a fungus reproduces: spores. Spores are, essentially, microscopic seeds.
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In parts of the South, there are stories about an invasive floating weed, which forms such a dense mass that it enables small animals to walk across water. This weed, called giant salvinia , is an exotic fern from South America that invades ponds, lakes, and other waterways in the United States. It damages aquatic ecosystems by outgrowing and replacing native plants that provide food and habitat for native animals and waterfowl. Initial tests have found that the fungus stops this problematic weed from growing and even can kill it. Giant salvinia can produce a tremendous amount of biomass, portions of which die, sink to the bottom of lakes and ponds, and rot.
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They might show up after a rainy spell or emerge in new sod. Or you might have a fairy ring surface in your yard. Whatever the situation, having mushrooms pop up in your lawn can be a nuisance, an eyesore and, if you have children, potentially dangerous.
Green, lush grass. Colorful flower beds. A thriving vegetable garden. If you make a lawn weed control plan in advance and attack the problem early in the season, you can make less work for yourself over time.