Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Joseph A. Carroll Building
401 W. Hickory Street
Denton TX 76201-9026
Help desk email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Help Desk 940-349-2892
You’re Invited to these Upcoming Events
March 21–June 15: Children’s Garden
June 4: Community Grove Training and Workday
June 15: 2019 Fruit, Vegetable, Herb & Flower Show
July 22-26: Junior Master Gardener Camp
October 12: DCMGA Fall Garden Fest
October 18–19: Design Your Yard with Earth-Kind Landscaping Class
January 24–November 21: Keep Lewisville Beautiful Garden Secrets Classes
Ongoing: DCMGA public speakers bureau presentations
Ongoing: DCMGA “Herbal Branch” Special Interest meetings, one Monday each month
Ongoing: DCMGA General Membership meetings, second Wednesday each month
Q: I have mold in my backyard where the grass doesn’t grow. There is a green mold and black mold. Is it safe? Is there something I can do to remove it?
A: I wouldn’t focus on removing the “mold,” but rather correcting the light and moisture conditions that advance its growth. Likely, the area in question is dark and moist, which leads to the growth of shade- and moisture-loving organisms, including mold and other fungi (but not including grass, as you’ve discovered.)
Timely pruning of trees and shrubs to raise the canopy will permit more light to reach the ground and inhibit fungus growth (***However, please do not prune oak trees from February through June to prevent the spread of oak wilt https://texasoakwilt.org/faqs/.)
Try to reduce the moisture in the areas where mold is growing including performing a regular inspection of irrigation lines and sprinkler heads to spot and correct any line breaks or cracked sprinkler heads. Another option is to plant shrubs and ground covers that thrive in shade and can grow in wet conditions (if you’re unable to lessen the moisture.) See links below for plant selections, pruning information, troubleshooting irrigation systems, and determining a sufficient watering schedule.
Fungi of various sorts are always present in soils. Some of these organisms are beneficial and some are not. It is always a good practice when working in areas with suspected fungal growth to do so with personal protection equipment appropriate for the concern. Most of these fungi aren’t generally a “danger,” but some people are allergic to the spores. Wear garden gloves and a face mask when working in these areas if you’re concerned you might be allergic.
Rain garden plants
Shade-loving plants for North Texas
Pruning live oaks
Recommendations for pruning, in general (long article, but worth the read)
Determining irrigation rates and troubleshooting sprinkler systems
- DCMGA is here to help with your gardening questions
There are two ways to contact our help desk:
(1) Call 940-349-2892 any time. If there is no answer, leave a detailed message. We will research your question and call you back. Our help desk is located at 401 W. Hickory Street in Denton, TX, and is staffed by Master Gardener volunteers. When volunteers are available, you may bring in a sample of diseased plants or plants you want us to identify.
(2) Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will research your question and usually can provide an answer within a day or two.