fariy ring

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by fertman, Jun 22, 2004.

  1. fertman

    fertman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I have encountered a lawn disease that i am not sure how to handle. Please not that this lawn belongs to a very picky man. He has ten grand into sod and landscape. As far as i can tell from the dark colored rings in several locations that the issue is fairy ring. What i have noticed is that last season it came up early april. iI core aerated in the fall, did an app of hydrahume organically activated fert in the spring, and then about an app of 28-3-10 three weeks ago. The ring was suppressed until today and i am stumped!!! i know this is a soil born problem but cannot get mr. to go for replacing sod. any suggestions
  2. sjj14

    sjj14 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    I believe the fungicide "Heritage" is labeled for fairy ring but it will cost you! its expensive and will be a high rate for fairy ring. Also simply replacing sod will most likely not cure the problem but only mask it for a season or two.
  3. trying 2b organic

    trying 2b organic LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    Does your fairy ring have little mushrooms because I have a lawn that looks like fairy ring but there are no mushrooms as the book says their would be.
  4. Neal Wolbert

    Neal Wolbert LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    You might try Prostar and a soil surfactant like Tri-Cure. It has worked well in the Northwest. I know that removing the sod and soil deep enough to get past any fungal growth would work also...but that is another story. If you wait the ring will enlarge each year until it finally grows out of the lawn area. I've seen that happen before but it may be a long wait. Neal
  5. Comanski

    Comanski LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Prostar with wetting agent.
  6. MrBarefoot

    MrBarefoot LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    The few times I have ran into Fairy Ring, I have tried to bring the color of the lawn up to hide the darker color of the ring. The presence of the ring made the homeowner more willing to buy iron treatments, and an extra fert application a year.

    I don't think mushrooms will always present with Fairy Rings.

    Personally, I find fungus control treatments to be partially effective (at best) in cases where the fungus is sub-surface. But I haven't ever used Prostar, perhaps it is the silver bullet for Fairy Rings.
  7. Pilgrims' Pride

    Pilgrims' Pride LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA.
    Messages: 481

    I agree with Mrbarefoot.

    Fairy ring is a soil borne condition.
    Often times thre is/are stumps or some other organic material decaying beneath the turf.

    I am not a big believer in fungicide treatment either.
    Often they are just a band-aid for a cut thats not going to heal.
    especially here.

    If it were my customer I'd explain the above, keep the area well aerated (as thatch will tend to develop more quickly there) and continue with iron and light feedings until the condition grows out.
    It will eventually.
    Then watch out for sink holes if in fact there are stumps buried there.
  8. fertman

    fertman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    thanks for your thoughts and experiece. I am doing my best to match color with fertilizer, might try something higher in iron.
  9. Arnold

    Arnold LawnSite Member
    from Wyoming
    Messages: 194

    I was once told to try 1 cup tide detergent in 1 gallon water to treat fairy rings and high nitrogen fert. Never tried the soap water solution but you can hide it with high nitrogen sometimes.
  10. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,217

    fairy rings are very popular in Mass,


    sorry couldnt resist

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