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Ferns, Fungi and Mosses: Fungus or algea? Either way, its disgusting and has to go!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
6:13 AM

Post #7333882

OK, I am at wits end on the mystery slime I have growing on my gravel!

Its a putrid dark brown green slimey thing that seems to love a rain. Which almost makes me think its an algea bloom of some description. But does not algea require a underwater environment???

Its slicker than snot too. Cant say it has any oder. It grows in full sun or shade.. its not picky! Its icky and like jello and thick!

I am not sure if its a fungus or algea and I have gotten very desperate to ID it. SO desperate in fact to take the blob down to the Health Department and Department of Ag for their examination so I can learn the cause and the cure so I can get it to cease and disist.

Im sick of it, its gross and disgusting and HAS TO GO!

I wish I had a photo of it, but that will have to wait until morning...it will be there then I am sure.. its been there for a too long time and has overstayed its welcome.
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

December 4, 2009
11:12 AM

Post #7334009

I saw your post and was curious if it's the same thing we have growing on the gravels in our driveway. This is the closest thing I could find - does it look like this? Identified as Exidia glandulosa - have no idea how to get rid of it but it IS gross :(

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
12:29 PM

Post #7334086

OMG THATS IT THE BLOB! HOLY KRIPES!

ITS NASTY!

#$%^&* stuff looks like an environmental disaster!

So where on earth did you find the ID? Lets get rid of it befor it literally kills some one.. its like ice in the warm weather after a rain!

This crude started out as a little mass then all of a sudden WHAM!

It will dry up, but as soon as it rains ITS BAAAAACK! I am wondering
if it is thriving on nitrates? Will it hurt my well or what?

I have a few suspicions on what may have started it but only guessing.

Scary looking mess if I ever saw!

The hub thinks bleach might get it.. but is it an algea?

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 4, 2009
3:06 PM

Post #7334527

Grows on old decaying wood - might there be some beneath the gravel? Inedible (so don't try eating it), but harmless, I'd just let it be . . . conquer your fears, relax, and enjoy it. Show it to the neighbours and have a laugh while it grosses them out instead ;-)

Resin
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
3:11 PM

Post #7334544

Resin BITE yer tongue, that thing is not harmless.. I have fallen on it one too many times, its not anything to enjoy and IT HAS GOT TO GO.

Anyone eating it has got to be crazy.

And it grows on ROCKs...however I do not discount the fact that something DEAD is promoting its environment.

I WANT IT OUT OUT OUT NEVER TO COME AGAIN.

Thjis is one blob that is a curse.
kniphofia
Morpeth
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

December 4, 2009
3:30 PM

Post #7334598

I think it's amazing looking! If it wasn't for these types of organisms things wouldn't rot down.. just because it happens to be in a place that is inconvenient for you doesn't make it gross!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
3:37 PM

Post #7334619

Um, this is not just an inconvenience to me. Dont call any broken bones a convenience. It has to go. NO IF ANDS OR BUTS. It serves no purpose where it is and I shure as HEQQ would not want anyone hurt on it. Dont need MY BONES rotting down.

We are not having a BEAUTY contest to keep it.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
4:09 PM

Post #7334695

And, the darned stuff acts like its on viagra.

If you think its such a beauty, come, take all you want!

Personally I do not want it share it with friends and it can crawl back in the dark hole where it came from never to come back.

So, the question still remains how do we get rid of this fungus amongus?

what started it?

Gotta be something to do to get ride of it besides calling Rothchilds with a septic sucker to slurp it up and haul it out?

I sure the heck l do not want to start seeing three legged toads.

And I will not relax until it is killed, dead, gone, PHFFFFT! You will not convince me its a gooood thing while it exists on my premis..
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

December 4, 2009
4:13 PM

Post #7334710

Quoting:So where on earth did you find the ID?


LOL, I had no idea where to start, just did some searches for jelly-like lichen, mosses, etc. and finally after looking at pages and pages of images found it! Resin's right, everything I found indicates that it grows on decaying wood but like you, ours is growing on the gravel in the driveway. At this point I'm just trying to live with it but it does get a little treacherous since our driveway is on a slope and on more than one occasion I've almost found myself on the ground when I slipped walking on it :( Kniphofia it probably wouldn't be as gross looking if it were just a few specks here and there but in our case, even though it's not totally covering the driveway, the area affected is at least 8' wide and probably 40'-50' long so it is rather disgusting to see it everywhere.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
4:20 PM

Post #7334728

See, I am not the only desperate wannabee poo green blob killer.


Hmmm, rcn48...Lets try LYSOL! LOL! No seriously, I want an expert opinion on how to murder this nasty thing.

Yano, the thought occured its a bacterial thing. This ones acts like a yeast infection except GREEN.. icky poo colered green.

Gross looking I can handle. Its the icky pooo of it all in such grand mass that we do not want.

So lets get on with how to! ANd hurry, it spreads fast.
kniphofia
Morpeth
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

December 4, 2009
4:24 PM

Post #7334736

Well posting this on the forum for fungi lovers, don't expect everyone to share your disgust :)
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

December 4, 2009
4:48 PM

Post #7334805

kniphofia, I don't want to offend any fungi lovers and if this particular fungi showed up anywhere else I definitely wouldn't have a problem with it. I'm always on the lookout for interesting fungi, moss and lichen but this particular fungi has created a dangerous situation for anyone walking in our driveway!

BB, I've searched and can't find much information. I did see where someone had used cornmeal successfully to rid their lawn of another similar looking fungi. I believe the key is to keep the area dry since the rain or moisture is what causes it to spread.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
4:49 PM

Post #7334808

To each his own...not everyone shares the same opinion so we can agree to disagree!

While it is a fascination, too much of anything is not good. Kripesake, 50' by 8' as rcn48 says is quite a bit of this and it is not a good thing.

Im wondering.. diamecious earth maybe?

Well, the gravel its on here is limestone like. Hmm would ag lime feed it or kill it then? Im still leaning on bleach, maybe hydrogen peroxide.. but then a pumpkin would react badlyu to that and I sure the heck do not want to have more OOOZ!

I dont want to put anything on this thing to make it spread any worse than it is nor to hurt the environment being close to a well.

Most fungus go away by themselves after a short time.. this seems to live long so there is something it has to be thriving on to perpetuate its growth. ergo, something too that will impede it.

So lets use reverse pshycology, you like it, you want more and more what do we feed it.. BESIDES WOOD CHIPS? What makes it thrive so well? Gotta be some germ thats making it take over the world!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
4:54 PM

Post #7334827

rcn48. its not in the lawn here. And I have tried talking to God and um, the rains have to keep coming! Ergo the dry ooz then goes back to INSTANT jello!

This is why I say its more of an algea bloom nthan a fungus and duh, it aint no moss! Id trade it for moss in a heartbeat! Now algea, correct me if I am wrong, that comes from something septic no?

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 4, 2009
4:57 PM

Post #7334838

Maybe a layer of coarse sand on top would at least stop it from being so slippy

You definitely don't want to use bleach or lysol close to a well - that could make the water unsafe for months

Resin
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
4:57 PM

Post #7334839

Kniphofia - I have an odd liking for poison ivy, but just because I am not allergic to it will not make me lay in it!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
4:59 PM

Post #7334851

Well chlorine in certain amounts can be safe to a well, but obviously we got a large area to cover so that is a factor so maybe treating it a little at a tiem would be in order, but I bet that will not work as rapid as it can spread.

Hey Im grasping for straws here! Im no expert and want a serious and safe cure and absolutely do not want to be a detriment.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
9:34 PM

Post #7335554

OK rcn48, if the health department or the department of ag does not tell me how to irradicate it and soon, I think we may have to flame throwers! But I bet it will be baaaack right after a rain again thoogh... theres just no easy answer.


How about muradic acid?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 5, 2009
3:00 AM

Post #7336628

Exidia glandulosa looked it up.. came away with a couple websites

http://healing-mushrooms.net/archives/exidia-glandulosa.html

Ok, Common name >>> called Witches Butter. Sounds evil.

On my end here, mine looks like it froze to death last night (YAY!)
and it got all "papery" Quick, get a vacuum! We could bag it and tag it! LOL

Seriously though if this fungus is sooo goood, what is so fabulous about it? if it has any value at all, what is it? Other than a ruddy nuisance under my feet? Gimme one good reason why we should not kill it... well maybe more than one if you have them...! If its sposed to love wood so much, why does it insist on growing on my rocks????

After a rain, it will be back.. ugh!

And hey, if someone is driving on rcn48s driveway, wont the stuff migrate to infest another area? Good Gads there, there goes your insurance.. I can see it now, the headlines will read "NEIGHBOR BREAKS HIP IN SLIP AND GIVES LANDOWNER FAT LIP?" Nope, dont want that to happen. Need sign: CAUTION BEWARE OF OOZE!

According to what I read, they used to throw this stuff on a fire to dispell witchcraft.

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 5, 2009
5:33 AM

Post #7337048

Blossumbuddy and RCN, I think a flame thrower is definitely in order. Do either of you have a Weed Dragon, or know someone who does, so you can borrow it? I'm sure you could burn it off. It would be nice to appreciate it somewhere else, not so slippery.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 5, 2009
11:14 AM

Post #7337297

spooky aint it!
3jsmom31
zone 6a, KY

December 6, 2009
6:30 PM

Post #7341815

Blossom, try putting a 1 part bleach 9 parts water water combination into a pump sprayer and spray away. It won't have much runoff to hurt anything. If the blob is feeding on something in the soil under the gravel, it will eventually use up the food source. It sort of looks like a cross between guts and poop. I don't know if the bleach will help, but it is cheap enough to try it out.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 6, 2009
6:50 PM

Post #7341879

Sprinkling snow salt on it might kill it too. You could sweep the excess up as it starts to melt from the rains.

This message was edited Dec 6, 2009 6:46 PM
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 6, 2009
8:03 PM

Post #7342083

Were going for the Weed Dragon. Just priced one and the setup will run about $100 not inluding the porpane. We are after a total inialation of this devil. Whats causing ours seems to be a perpetual food source.

Oh and I have to warn you do not eat this thing! Some websites say its edible and some dont so it is inconclusive on that kind of "yummy" !

"mom" your description is almost sounding like half of what feeds it.. SCAT is one of its delectables. Yup looks like poop!

Salt would not be a good idea based on what is in the vacinity such as underground pipes and we definitely done need that carrosion busting water mains. Had my fill of busted pipes last winter and we dont use salt.

Now the bleach idea, that might work. We will have to wait to see when this monstor comes reserrects itself back after a rain. Right now ours is temporarily frozen. It has turned to dust.. so ergo probably how it also spreads itself.

I still do not understand why it is on top of the rocks.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 6, 2009
10:37 PM

Post #7342511

It's very strange. Blossum, with my weed dragon, I opted to get the pull along propane holding dolly. Neither DSO or I could get comfortable with the idea of wearing a backpack full of propane.
3jsmom31
zone 6a, KY

December 6, 2009
11:43 PM

Post #7342720

Is that your leach field for your gray water?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2009
12:14 AM

Post #7342822

"mom" - It would be impossible for it to be our grey water or our leach feild since that is down hill and away in our situation. Could be another source of it though but that is a good question and possiblity of a source. That is why I am having the health department look into it.
Need to verify some things before we go looney in killing it.

stormyla - yup, gotta have wheels for the Dragon! Thankfully already have something for that. And for safety, this looks like a two man job... one to roll the cart and one to throw the flame and to have a hose nearby. Hmmm maybe the hubs welder! LOL! NOT!

I can see why the olden days they thought this was witchcraft. That ooze reserects itself after a rain. They would throw it on the fire,. I imagine it was probably something discovered during the witch burning days... yikes and they may have thrown it on the fire as well. Superstitions, ooooh boy!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 7, 2009
12:47 AM

Post #7342940

LOL, Blossum, just don't let anyone male work with it unsupervised. The Rambo syndrome takes over. I've used it around my bed edges and on some really bad weed sites. Nothing caught fire, even the mulch didn't. But a few perennials looked completely singed to death. They did survive, but spent a season defoliated.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2009
1:21 AM

Post #7343042

LOL! Luv it, the rrrrRRRRAMBO Syndrone! Got it and Boy and duty do I know that one..

Several things a male of the specie needs supervision with...

Dragon weeders,
chain sawers, skill sawers
weed whackers,
lawnmowers, shotguns
and just about every other toy Santa has invented! Oh and socks. My guy can always mange to get them on the wrong foot for some reason! RRR!

I think Im gonna make him push the dang cart!!!! Its my turn to play with a flame thrower!! hehehehe!

Oh thistle patch yer next!! GIMMME THAT THANG! Oh why did not we think of this gadget before!











Did I mention socks???
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 7, 2009
1:29 AM

Post #7343071

Yes you did. None of my socks have matched since I let DSO fold the laundry. I just make sure my slacks cover them.

You are right about all of those toys. Add welding torches, crossbows, nail guns, bulb augers and irons to that list.

Weed Dragon will get the Thistle, but it will come back.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2009
1:59 AM

Post #7343155

Well if ya get it again, flame it again.. should not come back after about the third go around! Least as that has also been my experience mowing that one! Th3e thistle is one of those I enjoy chopping its reproductive system off of. You do that a couple of times and it definetely well get the message not to reproduce again.

Oh how Im gonna have fun torching that giant miscanthus! Hot time in the old town tonite! Well, maybe not tonite...

Did I mention socks! LOL! And dont ever get more than one bikini! You will definetely have the same issues as with socks!


Supervisor! LOL!



I have tho come up with the solution for socks.. and thats uni-sox.. as for the bikini issue.. dont think we can solve that one. Not in this relation anyway! LOL!

Oh and heaven forbid you let a may go alone to shop for a vehicle...lesson of course he likes JD which thats just fine by me. I like green! LOL! But not in a personal truck!

Now where were we.. oh, ye-ah! Shopping for the Dragon Weeder.. Wonder if Nasco carries it!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 7, 2009
3:15 AM

Post #7343428

I found the best buy for mine on Amazon. Go look there first. They are at least 25% cheaper.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 7, 2009
3:20 AM

Post #7343446

Blossum, before you take your flame thrower to that stuff, just try it on a small corner just in case that stuff emits any flamable gases. Don't want to see you blown to kingdom come.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2009
6:41 PM

Post #7345363

LOL! ... not funny! Well, that is why too we are having the health department come look.. dang methane gases from some sewer not of my own! And there goes old Blossom airborne to LA!

Well, it snowed a little so we will not be flaming anything too soon. The stuff has gone to crisp. But I bet, now might be even a better time to flame it than when it is wet and jello like.

It appears that the "butter blob" likes decaying wood. Mainly from birch, pine and a few other trees. But the mystery still remains here why the constant feed source? Why on the rocks?
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 7, 2009
9:02 PM

Post #7345956

RCN, Debbie Since Exidia glandulosa prefers oak debris I was wondering if that my be something you and Blossom have in common. If so something as simple as a pH adjustment or neutralizing the tannic acid my break the cycle. A little sodium bicarbonate or acetic acid sure wouldn't hurt anything. I'm afraid flaming it my just blow the spores around. Ric
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2009
9:13 PM

Post #7346004

Um, its not just oak trees, its birch, beech, pine and oak.

I dont have any beech, birch, pine or oak in that vacinity, but the neighb does over the fence nearby and the blob is on my gravel.. more than likely from the debris the trees have dumped on me, but cant say I have seen it ON the tree, only on MY gravel.

The gravel is lime so it is sweet.

In the spring when it gets goey again I will try the bleach idea, but I think flaming it is going to be the way to go to not only get the blob, but the tree debres and I am afraid this is going to be a continueing problem IF indeed the thing is feeding on the tree matter.

I have NEVER seen it in the grass or in the garden.

And while I do use wood chips in the garden, I have never seen the blob there, and only on the ROCKS.

Weird peice of work aint it!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 22, 2009
3:57 PM

Post #7390590

Well, we are still not getting why the blob is growing on the rocks.

The Helath department come out and looked at the issues that surronded the situation here and they are stumped.

I wanna know what the derned stuffs food supply is. Something has got to be fueling it. Take its food source away and maybe that will kill it???

While it may look like that witches butter, I am not sure that it is one and the same.

Anyone else making heads or tails on this mystery mess?

Right now as I have snow so the "BLOB is in remission.. it has turned into a scalely critter, forze, but I swear it is not dead. Just pretending while it lurks under the snow. Just as sure as above freezing weather and rain will return the thing will turn back to jello.

BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 8, 2010
12:51 AM

Post #7539881

I took the thing to the department of ag... still waiting on more of the verdict.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 8, 2010
7:27 AM

Post #7540719

Blossum, I'm surprised you could find it in this weather. Aren't you under snow cover?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 8, 2010
1:04 PM

Post #7540992

Yes I am and that dang
slime is under the snow.. it does not kill it.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 8, 2010
7:21 PM

Post #7542210

Wow, I thought it would have dried up over the winter.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 9, 2010
5:50 AM

Post #7543842

Oh, it dries alright, it freeze dries only to plump up when the rains come like jello.. its soooooo gross! So arent I lucky, the winter drive is slick as snot from ice and snow and then the summer its slick as snot from this slime!

Well we have pretty much determined it is feeding on wood decay that has to be in the gravel from the trees that drop their limbs and decay there...byt geez, the slime like expands mega bucks over its consumtion in size!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2010
7:07 AM

Post #7543929

Wow, sounds like the old Steve McQueen movie, The Blob!!

This message was edited Feb 9, 2010 2:08 AM
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 9, 2010
1:42 PM

Post #7544266

You got it!!! Hmmm I wonder if that isnt wher they got the idea! Can anyone remember how they beat that thing to a pulp????
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2010
5:06 PM

Post #7544831

They froze it!! Sorry, Blossum.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 9, 2010
6:56 PM

Post #7545194

LOL! Well.. choot! Been going through a couple winters here and it aint frozed its slimey keester yet! We now have the Steve McQueen version of SUPER BLOB!

Im dreading the spring rains! Right about then its JELLO time! Ima thinking the flameweeder is gonna be the only hope.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 10, 2010
12:48 AM

Post #7546029

You may be right. There probably is some kind of nasty chemical that would work too, or maybe rock salt.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 10, 2010
1:08 AM

Post #7546092

Well dont like the idea of rock salt, getting enough of the road salt fromthe highway...I think the BLOB likes it.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 21, 2010
5:57 AM

Post #7576096

I wonder how it would respond to lime? Ric
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 21, 2010
1:42 PM

Post #7576528

I beleive it loves lime, since the driveway here is an ag lime type gravel!

I say kill the tree thats feeding it, that would maybe take away its primary food source.

It would probably be on any rock form.

We have kindof determined that that is its primary cause is the decay from the birch tree droppings. But still not getting the spread of the jello away from the tree... it is just weird.

We are going to try several things in the spring. do patches on it and see what woooorks best. If anything...ugh!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 22, 2010
5:47 AM

Post #7578268

Very strange. The Dept of Ag wasn't able to help?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 22, 2010
11:04 AM

Post #7578391

Been waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting for a call back.. Grrrrrr!

Bout ready to try another county.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 22, 2010
9:43 PM

Post #7579810

Here it is in all its slimey OZEEE gory!

We have just begun to get rain here and so my "blob" is not as inflated looking as the one above.. but just a couple weeks ago it was freeze dried. Now it is coming back to jello. UGH!

If you have a weak tummy... DONT LOOK!
















yek!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 22, 2010
11:07 PM

Post #7580065

Was scouting around again on the internet and came across this page...

I tell ya, its soooo gross even the dog will not eat it! (Not that I would feed it to her, but she has been known to consume the most disgusting of things...)


http://healing-mushrooms.net/archives/exidia-glandulosa.html#comment-1849
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 24, 2010
4:39 AM

Post #7583318

That sounds like what you've been describing.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 24, 2010
11:35 AM

Post #7583699

I have found nothing else closer to it. NOW, for the elimination of it...

I got spring rains and snow off and on for a bit. so cannot do anything until the snow at least has gone and I get some dry days.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 12, 2010
11:26 AM

Post #7699882

Spoke to soon, the guy at the USDA said it could be a NOSTIC...

Im like what the (blank blank blank)!

Gotta mess with our minds and toss in another ickcuss among us.

He sez go here...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostoc

His thoughts.. bleach might take it dow or the dragon weeder was a good idea... I said yeah right, until I get the blanking LP bill for that one...so ok, there we have it...

The ickcuss among us!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 12, 2010
2:29 PM

Post #7700289

Excuse me, thats n-o-s-t-o-c
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 5, 2010
8:38 PM

Post #7768259

Blossum, Send it to Asia!
kniphofia
Morpeth
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 5, 2010
9:34 PM

Post #7768409

Huh?!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

May 6, 2010
4:22 AM

Post #7768679

C'mon over, will load it up.. any volunteers for shipping?

So far this spring the d*** crap is not as bad, but then we have not had the rains to activate it. I swear though its from across the fence. Its a pigpen.

avianut
Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

May 14, 2010
5:04 AM

Post #7791811

Just read this thread. FYI. at least where I live you can rent those flamethrower thingies pretty reasonably...
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

May 14, 2010
5:58 AM

Post #7791927

Yeah, the rental is cheap.. its the fuel for it thats a killer.. danged if I do danged f I dont, however, this year so far its not as bad as the previous year.. so maybe it will go away too on its own? I figure though what ever it it, kill its food source then ya got it made.
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

May 14, 2010
6:12 AM

Post #7791960


I see a budding business here... my sister's stew will kill it for sure...now how to make a big enough batch and get it shipped. ...
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

May 26, 2010
6:24 PM

Post #7831344

LOL! Funny thing going on here.. short while back the hub graded the driveway.. we aint seen the SLIME BLOB since.

Been wondering if the derned thing does not have a life cycle that just up and runs out now?!

Dang, I sooo wnated to try the DRAGON WEEDER...
avianut
Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

May 27, 2010
4:10 AM

Post #7832318

Or.. it is quietly lurking underground waiting for an unsuspecting human to walk by so it can reach up and GRAB him, and use him for Slimefood!!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

May 27, 2010
7:05 AM

Post #7832655

LIke a cancer aint it!? Call the gaurds.. set those laser beams on Chemo or radiation.. that oughta blast it? LOL!

Well, seriously now, I dont need Chemo, Im pulling my hairs our naturally!

Ima still thinking, starve the thing, then it dies...course then there just might be plenty of dung for that creature to feed on.. as it quietly lurks...

Quietly lurks and

and


and


then WHAAAAM!






Well tune in next time for old BLOSSOMS' adventure with SLIME BLOB!

HAH! Ole BLOSSOM's gonna getcha! Come hell or high water, I'm gunning for ya son of a gun BLOB!
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

May 28, 2010
1:42 PM

Post #7836994

Sounds like a job for Captain Kirk and Spock.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

May 28, 2010
4:17 PM

Post #7837363

Calling Dr Spock, Calling Dr Spock.. maybe we ought to call Dr Bumbay too! Hehehehe!!


Its funny, some of the research I have found on this thing.. I have been reading how some fungus among us are medicinal and makes ya wonder if fungus stew woudl not be the cure for cancer.. but kids, dont eat this thing we are not sure if this particular one is one of those!

Maybe we should call SPONGE BLOB and let him sponge up on the notion! LOL!

Well, were watching it...hoping its breathed or slimed its last, but I seriously doubt it..

I just have that oooOooo-some feeling, like the Terminator the thing will be screaming .. I ll be baaaack!

missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

May 28, 2010
4:41 PM

Post #7837436

give it a try...start small...like on a mosquito bite.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

May 29, 2010
8:32 AM

Post #7839341

LOL! I am gonna have to wait until it reserrects itself.. personally, I dont want the thing near me!

We have had some rain, but no reserection yet.

BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2010
4:23 PM

Post #7914597

Awwww dang.. its baaaaaaack.. Im about ready to send this slime to apathologist.. maybe they can help! Be my luck the thing causes cancer.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 25, 2010
3:36 PM

Post #7920429

Oh No... The Return of Sponge Blob!!! Wish you could send that Creature to a Black Lagoon.

Have you had a lot of rain? RCN's area has been dry and she hasn't mentioned it coming back.

Watch your step. Don't want you squishing and splatting.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2010
7:44 PM

Post #7920963

Rain... rain.. did you say RRRain!? LOL! OMG its monsoon-toadtwister-huricane wind season here! Been getting 2-4 plus inches EVERY few days, the water table is very high and we are saturated! Its been one wild start to summer. I live in tornado alley.

So far have not seen any cows or tractors flying through the air, but did see some wreckage in a town whre I used to live where 30 some plus homes were demolished by the twisters there. Not a pretty site!

This pic was a couple days ago... there are several pre-tornados in that pic and they were right over our ranch!

Im serious, I think I am gonna ask a pathologist about Sponge Blob here..! what do I have to lose.. but I best ask for his bill first before diving in! I hate to see someone fall on it.


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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 25, 2010
11:02 PM

Post #7921299

LOL Blossum, On DG, we have the deluged vs the parched. We too are getting high winds, lightning, thunder & twisters, even earthquakes just no darned water!! It's been around 95 here for over three weeks and we've had the hottest windiest driest spring in memory. No shrooms to be had anywhere around here, which is the Mushroom capital of the US. In late March, i scrubbed last fall's Algae off of the shady side of the house. Usually I have to do it again by the end of May. It's as clear today as when I first cleaned it. The moss has been retreating and my ground has even been cracking open, yes, in the areas that are usually moss covered. We went from being under 4 & 5 feet of snow in late March to 95 degree weather in early April.
avianut
Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2010
4:46 AM

Post #7921462

Sounds like it is time to go to war! The Blob evidently likes limestone, so maybe splash it with something acidic, like strong vinegar. Or, I use powdered sulfer to lower the ph of our soil, maybe that would work? You can probably pick that up at any Nursery. Or... maybe bleach? Of course, do be careful not to combine anything if you don't know what might happen... Of course, a mild explosion might be just the ticket...
:-)
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2010
5:42 AM

Post #7921572

FLAME killing! Well I think I know what will get rid of it, but that means something really drastic.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 26, 2010
7:51 AM

Post #7921830

It would seem that the thing to do, other than flame throwing, would be to read up on what not to do when attempting to raise funghi and then do just those things. I know that soil toxicity and chemical runoff are prime among your concerns. I think Avianut has pointed you down the right path.
merrymath
Morrisville, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 2, 2010
8:23 AM

Post #7937758

I suggest you visit this web site

http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page1621.html#1623

BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2010
8:35 AM

Post #7937795

Well, since there is two possible ID's onthe "critter" and no way to make a positive ID, we have backed off of it.. Right now its all crispy.. which would be a good time to flame it, but...im hoping I can talk to someone else to get a positive ID on it... It truly is both amazing and annoying!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 2, 2010
3:05 PM

Post #7938584

Merrymath, that is a good site listing a lot of potentially useful products. The site did not give any "scientific" explanations or disclosures of the products except to claim that those for outdoor use were not harmful to humans or plants.

I looked further for some information on one they'd recommended for outdoor use. This information is supplied by the manufacturer:

http://www.shieldindustries.com/F_MBRmsds.htm
avianut
Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

August 30, 2010
8:09 AM

Post #8070413

So, tell us, how is Sponge Blob doing? Is he still there? (Are YOU still there, or did he finally slime you to death?) :-)
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

August 30, 2010
8:28 AM

Post #8070444

Sponge Blob is a crispy critter right now dehydrated due to the dry summer, waiting to reserect its ugly self on the first rain as it always does. UGH!

Be a good time to break out the flame weeder though.. wish I had one!
Guess I wil have to take a [pic of it to show it off
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2010
12:05 PM

Post #8074819

Ok, here is Sponge Blob on a starvation diet...he is a crispy critter due to dehydration.

Its the black stuff in the rocks... its like flakes...

No sooner will it rain and he will be back to his black slippery oozee onry self again.

I do not seem to have as much as last year. The stuff never goes away.

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avianut
Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

September 2, 2010
5:10 AM

Post #8076052

I swear it has to be a collapsible landing pad for a spaceship, or food for the little green guys. It is just tooo weird! It does look like a candidate for a weed burner right now, though. How can you resist?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 2, 2010
7:33 AM

Post #8076243

Last I checked on the cost of a flame thrower, it was still out of our budget.. sooo donations are sure whole heartedly welcome!

This thing is insane! Annd now I got rain and the blow up doll will be baaaack!

Watch yer step! Im not so sure my insurance will cover you, but the SPONGE BLOB will!
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

September 2, 2010
9:52 AM

Post #8076486

Ah one never knows where one will learn the truth.

A while back my hubby bought a flame 'thrower' for he driveway weeds. Long driveway of gravel and was taking forever to take care of weeds and not doing a great job of it with sprays etc.) I asked "How much?" and he said 'Not a lot." Then last week the darn thing stopped working (I bet it was used less than 10 times since last year) and I told him to just tinker with it..there didn't seem much to it and so not too much to break...maybe clogged (?)

Sunday I saw a brand new one sitting on the porch. I offered my opinion that he should have tinkered with the old before he went and got a new one. He said 'Pennies" (SUCH A LIAR!)
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 2, 2010
6:36 PM

Post #8077333

Well, thats why theres a gate and a lock on the lane..

Boys and their toys..!

spank him!

You know when a man says "not a lot" just remember when they go fishing and tell you how big the "whale" was!


merrymath
Morrisville, PA
(Zone 6b)

September 2, 2010
7:20 PM

Post #8077419

I wonder what effect boiling water woul have.
Weedwhacker
Bark River (UP), MI
(Zone 4b)

September 2, 2010
7:34 PM

Post #8077433

Just came across this thread -- we have the same thing, mainly in our gravel driveway as well, although now that I think about it, I don't think I've actually seen any of it yet this year. It really is nasty, although somewhat interesting, the way it changes from dried-up harmless-looking black flakes to its Dr. Jekyll form of slimy stuff!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 2, 2010
7:39 PM

Post #8077438

Any moisture makes the blob the BLOB! I have wondering about maybe trying barn lyme! Next time its wet.. powder its sorry self!
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

September 3, 2010
4:55 AM

Post #8077783

Well, thats why theres a gate and a lock on the lane..

Love it - I haven't heard that one yet. (I'll even let him take BOTH flame throwers) One to remind him of his transgression ...and the other in case life just ain't any fun without me!!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 3, 2010
6:01 AM

Post #8077872

The next insurance policy is a mean dog and a shotgun! LOL!

Yup, Smith and Wesson Insurance! LOL!

Course, SlimeBob is a silent killer! Sa-lip!
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

September 3, 2010
6:23 AM

Post #8077903

Had not thought of that A Slime Bob Bog! "I don't know Officer, ...he was walking down the trail carrying that new flame thrower and he stepped into a huge patch of that wierd fungus stuff that we have growing...next thing I knew...the only thing left was his huntin' cap." "Then, I swear it sounded like The Bog gave a big burp...like it had indigestion!"
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

September 20, 2010
11:27 PM

Post #8111279

LOL, I keep meaning to ask RCN how hers is doing. With the draught that we've had in the Mid Atlantic, I'll bet that hers is black flakes too. I just found the first mushroom all year in my yard on Saturday.

Blossum, Lyme might be worth a try. The boiling water might be too, although the runoff might wake some parts of it up. I'll ask Deb and see if hers is still alive.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 21, 2010
4:42 AM

Post #8111409

ROTF!!! Look Officer, really, it slipped! As his hunting cap sits out in the middle of the bog witj a burrrp! LOL! I say, lets hire Rothchilds Sewage sucking. Its either the flame thrower, a vacuum or that or we get on our hands and knees and remove the flakes like lint with duct tape. Hmmm maybe I could take the leaf blower and blow it off, but then where would it go?

Um, the gravel its growing on is lyme...right now it is dry, but its just waiting again to juice up with any moisture.
avianut
Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

September 21, 2010
5:00 AM

Post #8111429

I've got it! Package it and sell it as a kid's stocking-stuffer for Christmas "Everyone can own their own Blob... Just Add Water..."
You'll make a fortune and can afford to MOVE!
merrymath
Morrisville, PA
(Zone 6b)

September 21, 2010
7:10 AM

Post #8111642

Now that's a creative idea! Could add ... a terrific science project.

Mary
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 21, 2010
7:11 AM

Post #8111644

Or or or or..how about a new additive for the BLOB SLIP AND SLIDE! For speedier travel. whooosh!


BLOB WRESTLING! Just like JE-low but butter!


Or or or...
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

September 21, 2010
7:33 AM

Post #8111698

I wonder if ole SlimeBob would be a good mulch...water retention and all that...
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 21, 2010
1:52 PM

Post #8112385

you mean like them gell pellets you put in containers for retaining water? I guess that depends on if it is a nostic. Other than wanting to kill anyone that walks on it, it seems otherwise harmless... I wish I had a way to "diagnose" what it really is. Maybe I got a cure for cancer and dont know it!
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

September 22, 2010
5:37 AM

Post #8113666

Blossom - maybe YOU GOT A WRINKLE REMOVER. Send me some and I will try it out. I got some wrinkles no creme can get out.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 22, 2010
11:17 AM

Post #8114337

I got wrinkles too and would not put this on a butt crack!

Id really like however to send it to someone who can give me a positive ID and tell us what it is! If you are out there listening to this crisis, please D-mail me your addie and I will pack ya some up if you have a valid scientifical way to say hey BLOSSOM, its this beast or that! Put the slimey thing under a microscope and say EUREKA!

I would hate to send this curse to someone who is really not gonna be helpful in that department or one that cant help ID it. I want a positive ID because there is a diference between it being a nostic and the other!

So ok, yooooohoooo! drop me a line!

I have run it by my health department,that was useless, and well, the DOA had no clue...and Im still no further along with this monstor than I was when it first appeared to me in this nightmare!

Can you imagine, if this thing is some weird cure for cancer how many lives we
could save by getting it to the right department!

Ok, guys, lets hope someone is there for us! Its past time to battle SLIME BOB!
avianut
Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

September 22, 2010
2:53 PM

Post #8114753

Maybe send it to your nearest State University? I have used the Pathology Lab at ours ($20. fee) several times to good result!
Frustrating, though!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 22, 2010
5:51 PM

Post #8115160

yeah gads! $20? There goes my subscription to DG!
Weedwhacker
Bark River (UP), MI
(Zone 4b)

September 23, 2010
1:39 PM

Post #8116839

Maybe we could just enter our slime in the DG county fair ? (send your slime in directly, no photos...)

;-)
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 23, 2010
3:45 PM

Post #8117063

Well, Ima tempted to box it up and make purdy lil Christmas pressies for all my friends! I think every one needs a SLIME BOB WATCH DOG.

Those wanting in to spread the "joy", well you know where Im at! LOL! Send your lil box to me in a SASE in 30 days and win the prize! LOL!

I mean really this thing is like a rubber booger, but worse! It keeps coming back. I would like to send it back to sender address UNKNOWN!

We got a problem though... The postmaster might not allow for it to go in the mail .. you know how they get about mailing dangerous substances! HLS is getting stinky!
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

September 23, 2010
8:11 PM

Post #8117557

That's it!!! Halloween is coming !!! Kids LOVE boogers. Package it up and when you hear their sweet 'Trick or Treat" ..give them a chunk of booger - just label it so no ingesting!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 24, 2010
3:51 AM

Post #8117843

Oh ya'll are too funny!
skellogg
Sundance, WY
(Zone 3b)

February 22, 2011
8:38 AM

Post #8386308

Well, spring is right around the corner, so just curious as to what the progress is on SlimeBob? Did you kill him? Give him away for Halloween? Is he under snow and just waiting for spring?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 22, 2011
9:38 AM

Post #8386433

Well, we have not seen it yet.. been under snow.. no one would take him at Halloween, so I think he islying in wait to ambush us agani this spring. Time will tell...

Anyone else but lil OLD me got this monstor?
skellogg
Sundance, WY
(Zone 3b)

February 22, 2011
12:30 PM

Post #8386737

I actually think that we have something very similar. But fortunately, not the huge area of it that you have. Ours is smaller, and grows on a rocky hillside instead of in our gravel driveway. I would love to know what works on yours, for elimination, so when ours starts spreading, I can eliminate it! Right now it grows between 2 of my beds, where there is supposed to be grass, but the lawn is not good there, so am working on improving it. And I really don't think I want this SlimeBob interfering with my lawn this spring. Ours is still under 2-3 ft of snow.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 22, 2011
2:21 PM

Post #8386912

Well, it does not appear to be a lawn problem.. just trhives on the rocks!
skellogg
Sundance, WY
(Zone 3b)

February 22, 2011
3:33 PM

Post #8387021

So, if I can get grass to grow good there, maybe it will disappear?! LOL! But, because that area of the yard is so rocky, and the dirt is clay, and really crappy, it's also why I can't get grass to grow there, either. ;-) Wonder what would happen if I brought in a few inches of top soil and just tilled it in, or would that slimy stuff just grow right up through it? That would be my luck, and the stuff would probably thrive, lol!
skellogg
Sundance, WY
(Zone 3b)

February 22, 2011
3:34 PM

Post #8387028

Mine must be something different tho, cuz there is no trees around mine and the neighbors are a long way off. Wonder how close the trees need to be?
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 23, 2011
5:53 AM

Post #8387865

Got a picture of it?

I dont want grass on our driveway and certainly done need SLIMEBOB!
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

February 23, 2011
8:13 PM

Post #8389446

Another newcomer to the thread - and in the middle of all the terror, I learn that Nostoc grows symbiotically with Gunnera. OMG!!!!! I mean - Nostoc exists (for me) only as a memory of a filamentous algae from my earliest bio labs in college. Gunnera grows magnificently in my yard today. Symbionts? Incredible!!!!!!!!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

February 24, 2011
11:27 AM

Post #8390387

come and get it.. all you can lap up for free! hehehehe! I DONT WANT IT be it nostic, casutic, blostic or otherwise. It is a menace to the driveway society.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

March 14, 2011
4:01 PM

Post #8427010

Blossum , whut hoppon wid yore slime ? Still gut it ? I seen thet stuff an jest nore it . It gone in a few days.Shore glad it be yourn sted ob mine . Digger
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 14, 2011
4:17 PM

Post #8427051

Well, presently, we are not skating on it. We graded the driveway.. maybe we buried it for now?

(edited fer spellin'!!!)

This message was edited Mar 14, 2011 5:18 PM
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

March 15, 2011
6:15 AM

Post #8428030

Good for you . That stuff shows up each year at the base of a cut tree stump in my front yard .
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 15, 2011
7:41 AM

Post #8428187

What kind of tree?
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

March 15, 2011
7:46 AM

Post #8428197

Red oak stump. I will see it again when the weather warms up. It's only about the size of a saucer and haven't noticed it anywhere else .
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 15, 2011
6:22 PM

Post #8429246

According to what little I could find on it.. seems to be attracted to river birch.. we dont have any but the neighb does... curses!

Got oaks though, but not near wehre the stuff likes to thrive.

Ima thinking that hte stuff likes decay from that bitrtch. They got pine needles in my lane too...so perhaps that is what is feeding it...but it acts liek an algea of sorts dontcha think!
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 16, 2011
10:58 AM

Post #8430528

Now that the snow is melting, the brown slimy algae stuff is plumping up on my gravel driveway. It got worse after my DH sprayed Roundup on the driveway weeds, so I think it feeds on decayed vegetable material. Of course, being sprayed with Roundup had no effect on the slime creature. Re-grading sounds like a good idea. I guess it's time to order a truck-load of slime-free gravel from the local pit.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 16, 2011
1:00 PM

Post #8430758

aG LIME...???
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

March 17, 2011
5:38 AM

Post #8431994

Although I've never tested it, I'm guessing there's a high limestone content to the local gravel and sand, as I live near the limestone Niagara Escarpment, my well water is "limey", and I can't grow rhododendrons and other acid-loving plants for the life of me. Alkaline gravel is what the Slime likes, yes? I was thinking of callling it Lime Slime, but I like the name Slime Bob better.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

March 17, 2011
7:09 AM

Post #8432142

Blimey! Slimey! LOL!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 10, 2011
3:20 PM

Post #8485624

I wonder if something like vinegar would kill it.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 10, 2011
6:45 PM

Post #8486178

Dont know, but so far this spring "SLIME BOB" has not reared his ugly head. Praise GOD!
avianut
Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 11, 2011
4:29 AM

Post #8486820

Blossom, y'all are just dreaming! He's there lurking...
Muoohahaha :-)
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

April 11, 2011
4:48 AM

Post #8486840

I know... then I wakes up to a monstor storm just groaning to plum and pump him up..

well if he rears up I will let ya'll know the continuing soggy of the "Beast"

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