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06/10/2012 at 17:09

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?

06/10/2012 at 17:54

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

07/10/2012 at 06:42

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

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.

 

13/07/2015 at 21:37

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!

13/07/2015 at 22:04

A bit of lateral thimking........feed the lawn well. it will do 2 things. One it will green up the grass this disguising the fairy ring. second it will strengthen the grass.

spiking and raking in autumn may help

14/07/2015 at 07:53

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)

14/07/2015 at 08:02

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. 

 

14/07/2015 at 10:13

What a joyless bunch.....joke  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  just missing the faraway tree and the slippery slip! 

14/07/2015 at 10:21

Thanks Wonky.

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.

14/07/2015 at 10:38

Totally with you NutC!  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! 

14/07/2015 at 10:43
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Thanks Wonky.

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

14/07/2015 at 10:45

Haha...your far from Joyless Dove!  I'm just wonkey and untamed!  just shows what a wonderful childhood you gave me that going back there is my "happy place" 

14/07/2015 at 10:49

In the end, it all depends on how bad your particular problem is, doesn't it. I have fairy rings but they don't do much damage so I am happy to tolerate 'fairies and the natural world' but I was recently told off very firmly on this site for advocating the humane destruction of moles, which were destroying my borders and soft fruit. There is another thread running about foxes and badgers at the moment: some people are clearly finding foxes a serious problem. I have even read some people defending the right to life of slugs! I love the natural world, but my garden is not a natural place and I think we all have to be responsible but not so critical of those who have been driven to despair by an excess of nature!

14/07/2015 at 11:35

Posy........well said.  Brilliant and honest

 And, Posie, fairies don't actually exist even down here in the land of the pixies so garden as you please; you aren't desreoying their homeland.  

I am annoyed by whomever told you off for trying to eradicate moles.......

this is a garden forum and mostly we are trying to grow plants WE like from all over the world and this is absolutely fine.  We don't have to follow nature, garden like it is wild or accept an excess of pests determined to destroy what we lovingly nurture.  I don't want a grub hotel or grow nettles for butterflies or leave rotting chunks of wood about for beetles. But I am as kind, thoughtful and generous as most who push for these things. The great outdoors is doing well and much of the wildlife pay a visit so they must like it ...... 

Wonky........a perfect lawn?  No.  A good lawn? Yes.  

I had a visitor saying I should sow daisies in my lawn........an academic too....a professor of "posh and I say" .   His garden is full of "wildlife"........er.....slugs, snails, rotting vegetation, unkempt "borders", and (he "loves") dandelions and ofher "natural" indigenous plants.  So angry was I with him that I gave him...............

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           A cup of tea 

 

 

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Ooooooo, enjoyed that 

where is that rant thread?

14/07/2015 at 12:21
Dovefromabove wrote (see)
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Thanks Wonky.

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

I copied the wrong post!  I meant to copy this one

WonkyWomble wrote (see)

What a joyless bunch.....joke  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  just missing the faraway tree and the slippery slip! 



14/07/2015 at 12:24

We had a fairy ring, I was quite excited about it as I'd never seen one before. The grass was a bit manky at the time so we put the weed and feed stuff on it a couple of times the next spring and to my chagrin the fairy ring never came back

Edd
14/07/2015 at 12:33

They do exist Verdun. Who do you think left this, a Unicorn.

https://img0.etsystatic.com/044/0/8151876/il_570xN.557648166_olxb.jpg

 

 

14/07/2015 at 13:42

Hey Edd......that's brilliant.  Take it all back.  So there was a tooth fairy after all then?

always felt I could hear the little people at night.  

14/07/2015 at 14:03

Oh god, Edd, I need to get that for my hubby he would laugh himself to tears...

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