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Old 11-05-2018, 03:16 PM   #1
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we removed two rather large pepper trees just over two years ago. had the stumps ground down to below the ground. shortly after, we planted a beautiful row of purple fountain grass. Gardener trimmed them back last Saturday, and we discovered this underneath, right where the pepper trees were. Assume its decaying tree fungus? from what Ive researched? There were 4 large clumps - one of which started forming around a glider swing we had sitting there. is there a way to keep this fungi from returning? it was a pretty hard substance taking a few whacks of a shovel to remove them. Threw them in the garbage can - covered in ants this morning...
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Old 11-05-2018, 03:51 PM   #2
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I know from experience that if you leave stump grindings in the hole mixed with the dirt, mushrooms will come right up. Mine weren't shaped like what you posted, but more like umbrellas. I raked the grindings out on the last stump I had ground. No mushrooms yet.
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Old 11-05-2018, 05:04 PM   #3
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I bet it was all the rain we had in recent years plus the grass. The fungi may even be dead & thus hard, since it's been dry. I grew up in So.Cal & mushrooms are rare. Where you are is pretty dry, right? In No.Cal there are fairy rings that I never saw down South.
They grow off the dead tree roots.
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we removed two rather large pepper trees just over two years ago. had the stumps ground down to below the ground. shortly after, we planted a beautiful row of purple fountain grass. Gardener trimmed them back last Saturday, and we discovered this underneath, right where the pepper trees were. Assume its decaying tree fungus? from what Ive researched? There were 4 large clumps - one of which started forming around a glider swing we had sitting there. is there a way to keep this fungi from returning? it was a pretty hard substance taking a few whacks of a shovel to remove them. Threw them in the garbage can - covered in ants this morning...
Oh yeah, you had a tussle with the Pepper Tree of Doom, just like I did. Mine was HUGE, from the 1940s with a crown 40 feet across.

I think you have some fungus, which is doing what I think you want, which is to eventually decompose that [expletive] stump. Wish I had some of that on mine. Pepper tree wood is hardwood, and rots slow, even when moist.

I wouldn't worry about it.

Hope this helps.
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