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Medium_img_2640 What is this?

This was more upright when I first saw it yesterday. It is in a bed with some zucchini and rhubarb.

Also - while I have your ear. My neighbour's ficus tree has one branch which overhangs our garden - shading us from sun and rain. It would cause too much damage to cut it off (ie when it fell), so I tried to ring-bark the branch - just to get rid of the leaves. But it had no effect! Can you suggest what I can do to de-leaf it?

Submitted: 10:56AM, 14 Jan 2019
Answer: Hi Mel,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

The red mushroom or growth that you have there is called a stink horn mushroom. They generally appear in the warmer months of the year when there are high amounts of organic matter in the soil.

It won’t cause damage to your plants but is a bit smelly (as the name suggests). If you do remove it, ensure that you wear gloves and dispose of it carefully.

As for the overhanging tree branches, we would not recommend to ring bark the branches as it may allow diseases or fungal issues to enter the plant. If a branch is overhanging on your side of the fence then you are able to prune this back with a saw or pair of pruners.

If you do have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the Yates team again.

Kind regards,

Yates Horticulturist

Answered: 04:07PM, 08 Feb 2019


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