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Fairy Rings in lawns - how to control them

Fairy RingThere are a lot of old wives's tales about how to remove a Fairy Ring from a lawn - most of them stating that the best way of getting rid of a Fairy Ring in a lawn is to dig it out to a depth and remove the soil. This is not the case and you run the risk of actually leaving behind some of the Fairy Ring mycelium in the soil or spreading the problem across the lawn during the soil shifting process.

The soil is full of flora and fauna - mostly friendly bacteria and sometime not so friendly bacteria, munching away at the thatch that accumulates in the upper surface of the lawn, old grass clippings and other debris. Sometimes the environment of the soil changes, sufficiently for the Fairy Rings to develop.

This picture is of a type two Fairy Ring - a dark band of lush green grass seen on a lawn in Bishops Cleeve in Cheltenham. The dark band of grass has been stimulated by the release of Nitrogen from the bacteria's natural activity in the soil - the Nitrogen being absorbed by the grass plants.

Should you want to find out more about the causes of Fairy Rings in lawns and their control, please take a look at our earlier post where you can print off a Fairy Ring technical leaflet.

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