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What are these big mounds rising in Ohio yards?

LAKEWOOD, Ohio (WJW) — Odd-looking growths as massive as basketballs are sprouting up in yards throughout Northeast Ohio — however what are they?

The ball of brown mushrooms, named armillaria, thrive in moist circumstances.

“We had quite a lot of rain and torrential downpours over the summer time leaving the bottom soggy for lengthy durations of time creating good circumstances for fungus progress like all of those big mushrooms and there’s much more of them this yr,” stated Matt Misenik from Cahoon Nursery in Westlake.

Armillaria mushrooms sprout in early fall when the bottom will get extra damp, however this yr there’s further dampness within the floor in lots of locations from extreme summer time rain.

Any such mushroom begins rising underground in moist tree roots which can be “diseased, decaying or lifeless,” city forester Larry Figart informed Fox 8 Information.

Lakewood resident Patty McLaughlin informed Fox 8 Information her yard was lined with the “huge mushrooms” so she dug them up as a result of they have been unpleasant and smelled.

“We eliminated them as a result of as soon as they die they get slimy and smelly. Plus, we don’t need our canine to eat them. He hasn’t however you by no means know,” she stated.

Whereas the roots of the mushroooms are underground, Figart stated the highest of the mushrooms, referred to as the “flower” unfold spores, creates extra clusters round lawns.

Figart stated the mushrooms flip to mush in a number of days, however will develop again except the decaying wooden and tree roots are dug up and eliminated. In the event you’d prefer to eliminate the location of them for aesthetic causes, seize your backyard gloves.

“Don’t put them in a compost the place they’ll develop, pull them up or kick them over then place them in a plastic bag and throw them away,” he stated.

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