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Fungi fruiting bodies coming out of deck

 
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Hey friends! Our old (1860) wood deck has some mushrooms sprouting from the ends of the wood.

Is there a way to encourage this fungus to cut it out? For example, if I repaint the wood, will that nip this, or once the wood has hyphae in it is my deck doomed?

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Mushrooms growing out of a deck
Mushrooms growing out of a deck
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Mushrooms growing out of a deck
Mushrooms growing out of a deck
 
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If it is fruiting that means that those mushroom have ran out of new food, which implies that it is already colonized. So it might be time to start looking into replacing it the deck, esp the lumber that is actually resting on the moist earth.

If the wood stays super dry, it will also keep the wood at its current level of decay. Once it get cold (dec-jan-feb) they will also stop growing.

You know what they say, property tax is 1% of the house value and you need to put another 1% away for maintenance, one year it will be roof, then the deck, then the siding, then the bathroom, it simple just never ends.
 
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S Bengi wrote:If it is fruiting that means that those mushroom have ran out of new food, which implies that it is already colonized. So it might be time to start looking into replacing it the deck, esp the lumber that is actually resting on the moist earth.

If the wood stays super dry, it will also keep the wood at its current level of decay. Once it get cold (dec-jan-feb) they will also stop growing.

You know what they say, property tax is 1% of the house value and you need to put another 1% away for maintenance, one year it will be roof, then the deck, then the siding, then the bathroom, it simple just never ends.



I feared that was the case. Well, as they say, "If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall!" 🤣
 
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boric acid, borax  dissolved in hot water solution will do the trick, with either peroxide or ammonia mixed its supposed to be more effective. it will put an end to mold and fungi growth. I had a big stack of molded lumber I salvaged by mopping this solution on it. if you google what I'm talking about you can find some exact mix to water ratios.
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