Fairy Rings Got You Running in Circles?
Fairy ring is common on western Canadian lawns. A telltale sign of fairy ring is the presence of toadstools or mushrooms in the effected area especially during times of abundant moisture.
What do fairy rings look like?
This fungus grows in arcs or continuous circles of dark green grasses and grows faster than grasses on either side. These bands can be between four and twelve inches wide with a diameter of the circle varying from three to fifty feet or more.
How Do I Stop Fairy Ring From Spreading?
Fairy ring spreads easily and is very difficult to control. You can utilize some of the control recommendations found online like aerating and drenching the ring with a high nitrogen fertilizer; or you could dig the fairy ring out. The latter treatment requires all the grass and soil to be removed from the fairy ring, at a distance of 12 inches away from the outside and edge of the ring and 12 - 18 inches deep.
How Can I Treat Fairy Ring Organically?
Our clients began experimenting with our soil conditioner SoilPerfect Rx VIE, liberally applying the product on the fairy ring area every 2-3 weeks. Within one season the growth was halted and in some cases, the fairy ring pretty much disappeared with only some of the telltale darker grass showing. Treating the affected area in the second year seemed to discourage any re-emergence of the fairy ring.
Keep Fairy Ring From Spreading!
Whatever method you choose, take care not to infect other areas with the spores or soil from the fairy ring. Make sure you clean your tools thoroughly after any procedure that has made contact with the affected area. Disinfect your gardening tools with a solution of household bleach or Lysol containing chlorine after treating your fairy ring affected areas.
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