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B3B3 Posts: 21,532

There's  a mature veronica and wild marjoram nearby. I don't  remember  noticing anything strange there last year
In London. Keen but lazy.

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    edited January 2021
    Very odd.  Perhaps some type of fungal mycelium? Are the threads tough like roots or do they break easily.  Is there any smell?  When zooming-in, I think I can see that many of the threads are interconnected in a way which fungal mycelium strands often are (plant roots don't form connections this way.)  However, the photos aren't quite in focus enough to zoom in very far.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,532
    I'll get some more photos and do the investigation you suggest😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,532
    edited January 2021

    Top pic it the underside  of a bit I  pulled out.
    No smell. They are soft like matted roots and they lie close to the surface. Photo is zoomed so in reality  the individual  strands are much smaller  
    It looks like it would be pretty easy to scrape away if it's something I'm better off without
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    Looks pink now, so possibly Red Thread, which normally affects lawns?
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,532
    It's quite close to my 'lawn' which does have  some grass😉. It'll get hidden by foliage in a couple of months . Is it ok to leave it?
    Thanks for your help @BobTheGardener
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    edited January 2021
    I don't have any lawns, so not a lot of experience in dealiing with it, but the RHS says it is encouraged by low nitrogen levels, so I'd maybe a bit of manure would do the trick (ie raise the nitrate level significantly?)  Well-rotted manure is my cure-all! :D
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,532
    Yes I saw that.  I'll try removing it first and do the nitrogen thing if it becomes a problem. Thanks again.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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