Mad About Lawns

Fairy rings

Fairy ring also known as fairy circles or mushroom circles, are a common issue for lawns. They are caused by a type of fungus that grows in the soil, and they can be unsightly and harmful to the overall health of your lawn. Understanding how to deal with fairy rings in lawns can help you to keep your lawn looking its best.

Fairy rings are characterized by a ring of mushrooms or other fungal growth that appears on the surface of the lawn. They can range in size from a few inches to several feet in diameter. The fungus that causes fairy rings lives in the soil, and it can survive for many years. It can be difficult to get rid of once it has established itself in the soil.

Effective ways

One of the most effective ways to deal with fairy rings in lawns. Is to remove the mushrooms or other fungal growth that appears on the surface of the lawn. This can be done by hand or with a rake, and it should be done as soon as the mushrooms appear. Removing the mushrooms will help to reduce the amount of fungal growth in the soil. But it will not completely eliminate the fairy ring.

Another way to deal with fairy rings in lawns is to use a fungicide specifically designed to control fairy ring fungus. These fungicides can be applied to the soil and will help to kill the fungus that causes fairy rings. However, it’s important to note that fungicides can be toxic and may harm beneficial organisms in the soil, such as earthworms.

It is also important to note that fairy rings can come back even after you have removed the mushrooms or used fungicides, this is due to the fungus living deep in the soil, therefore it’s important to address the underlying causes of fairy rings such as poor drainage, compact soil, and high humidity. Aerating your lawn, adding organic matter and improving drainage can help to prevent fairy rings from forming.