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Fairy Rings Marasmius oreades


What is it?


  • A troublesome and annoying disease.
  • Infects lawns across the country.
  • It is one of the most annoying problems in lawns.
  • Fairy Ring first appears as a circle of dark green, lush, fast growing grass. A brown dead ring of grass surrounds the lush area.
  • Rings or crescents commonly vary from 3’ - 49’ (1 to 15 m).
  • Fairy Ring is a form of plant life called fungi.
  • The disease is spread throughout the lawn in the form of spores. These spores are spread by wind, air, water and humans.
  • The fungus is contained within the soil penetrating as deep as 12 “ (30 cm). The fungus attacks a central point in your lawn and grows outward.
  • The fungus can show various symptoms such as:
    • circular stunted or dead grass zones
    • darker green zone of grass on outer ring
    • growth of grass and weeds in the center
    • mushrooms on the Fairy Ring fungus
    • whitish fungus located above the soil surface
Fairy Ring in a Lawn
 

Control

 
  • The turf can be removed and the underlying soil can be replaced. This method is very expensive, difficult and not always effective due to re-infestation.
  • A more practical method for controlling Fairy Ring is to poke a garden fork into the ring and water the areas heavily. The water floods the disease and carries the Fairy Ring spores away from the grass plants.
  • Fairy Rings are less noticeable in a well maintained lawn.
  • Your Merced, CA Weed Man can fertilize your lawn and advise you on proper procedures to help mask the problem.
  • Fairy Ring is difficult to eliminate but Fairy Ring suppression is practical and effective. Call your  Merced, CA Weed Man for more details at (209) 394-4300!
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