Basidiomycete fungi

Fairy ring


There are two groups: - Stimulation of turf, green circular areas, turf usually higher than surrounding turfgrass. - Enlarged, bleached and straw-like coloured areas. The centre of the circle is not affected, and rings can be 1 to 60 m wide. Fruits, for example mushrooms, can be seen around the perimeter of the circle particularly during moist, rainy conditions.


Fairy ring favours warm weather, dry soil, nutrient deficient soils and high levels or organic matter. The disease is commonly seen between October and January. Fairy ring can stay visible within the latter period year after year.


Control options:

  • Pesticides: See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural:
    • Deep irrigation in an attempt to move the fungal toxins further into the soil profile.
    • Apply a balanced fertiliser to promote new growth.
    • Check for hydrophobic soil (water repellency) activity. If present, apply suitable wetting agents..
  • Mechanical:
    • Aeration in an attempt to move the fungal toxins further into the soil profile.



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