Fairy Ring

I've moved into my house about 18 months ago and it has a mature fairy ring in the lawn, which is large & is spreading.  Its killing the grass as it goes and leaving a bare circle behind it.  Apart from digging up the area, is there anything else that is useful to do?

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  • I'm not sure there's much you can do to kill it off, but you could re-sow the grass as the fairies move on.

    Joe

  • Gary I have fairy rings in my garden, and a fungus grew like a white plastic across the surface depriving the grass of water and subsequently killing it.  It got so bad that we contacted a grass maintenance company who came in and aerated the lawn and applied a fungicide and a wetting agent.  This has helped but the company told us that this will only push it back and not kill it.  I am keeping these areas aerated and wet but the toadstools do still keep coming.  You can not buy the fungicide they use it's only for industrial use image

    Apparently the only way to get rid is to literally dig it up, I read somewhere 2 feet deep and 2 foot either side of the ring and dispose of the soil but when they are as large as the ones in my garden this is not realistically possible.

    My lawn is a lot better at the moment (called the company in March) but I'm going to have to keep a close eye on it.

     

  • I had 2 fairy rings in my lawn, which were growing!  2 years ago I spiked them with a fork and watered every day for a month with a strong solution of the cheapest washing up liquid I could find. Then I watered with the same solution every week for a further month and have not seen the return of the rings!

  • Katherine WKatherine W Posts: 410

    Anther bit of lateral thinking..... if it is the TRUE fairy ring mushroom (Marasmius oreades) it is absolutely delicious to eat (but you MUST cook it)

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,789

    We had two in this garden when we moved here three years ago - intensive spiking  and watering of the affected areas has repaired them. We also treated the grass with seaweed tonic. The rings grew bigger in diameter but less 'intense' with the spiking and watering. 

    One of them expanded so much that it reached the area where I was creating a bed for herbs and a grapevine, and when I removed the turf and turned the soil there was a lot of white mycelium and a strong smell of mushrooms.  However it disappeared and hasn't returned.  

    No fairy rings have appeared this year, the lawn is fine and you can't see where they were. 

     

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 2,411

    What a joyless bunch.....joke image where the fairies gonna live now? Nothing I hate more than a perfect lawn.....may as well have astro turf! Hate tidy gardens, just as well really with my garden! Love a garden with character image just missing the faraway tree and the slippery slip! image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    Thanks Wonky.image

    I was just wondering whether to keep quiet or put in a word for the fairies and the natural world in general.

    Fungi are part of life. We need to get away from killing everything that doesn't immediately please us.

  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 2,411

    Totally with you NutC! image a fairyring would please me greatly! Think I'd smile on a daily basis as it would be the perfect compliment to my nostalgia garden which is my escape back to my childhood when I lived in a beautiful village. I have to live in a large town now and long for the informality and disorder of the countryside! image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,789
    nutcutlet wrote (see)

    Thanks Wonky.image

    I was just wondering whether to keep quiet or put in a word for the fairies and the natural world in general.

    Fungi are part of life. We need to get away from killing everything that doesn't immediately please us.

    Wonky!!!  I'm not joyless!!! The fairy rings were fine - I liked the toadstools and the green circles - what I didn't like so much was the brown circles of dead grass afterwards so spiking and watering just got the grass growing again image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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