Can anyone tell me why my open compost heap is developing a white soft fur on the surface?   I have used compost in 6 large pots and in two of them the fur is also growing. What causes this and what can I do. 


  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    Some kind of fungus. I hate to say it, but this sort of thing is often seen on old dog t....s by the roadside!

    Not much you can, or probably need to, do. It will sort itself out pretty soon, I think.image

  • I found a cat had used it as a toilet a few days ago...Would this have caused it ? I get a lot of snail trails over the surface too. I cleaned up the cat mess immediately so it had only been there a max of 8 hours. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,244

    I get fine crops of toadstools on mine as well as the fur. Just part of life's diversity

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