CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - You may have gone out to your garden or landscaping recently and seen it, and instantly started screaming at the Bumpus hounds for being in your yard again.
If you did, you're barking up the wrong tree.
We're talking about Dog Vomit Slime.
"Yeah, that's what we call it, and we've seen a lot of it over the last week to 10 days," says Jeff Mueller a Lawn and Garden Department Manager with Petitte Garden Center.
Why is it call Dog Vomit Slime? Well because it looks exactly like dog vomit. The technical scientific name is Fuligo septica.
Other than disgusting, what is it?
Mueller said the conditions have to be just right and with the weather the Cleveland-area has seen -- moisture followed by heat and humidity -- is perfect for this type of mold growth.
Dog Vomit Slime is a mold that loves to grown in decaying organic material, like mulch.
"You run into it more with bulk mulch, more than bag mulch," according to Mueller. It's much more likely to see the slime from mulch that was delivered by a truck than from store bought mulch in a bag.
"There's not much you can do. Dig it up, remove it from the bed and rake the area," advises Mueller.
One contributing factor is repeatedly putting new mulch on top of old mulch year after year. Mueller says for best results your mulch should only be about two inches deep.
Mueller said about the only remedy they give to customers is hydrated lime which will help break down organic material quicker.