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What are Fairy Rings?

Updated: Aug 15, 2020

Fairy ring - mushrooms

Turfgrass Hosts: All species of warm- and cool-season turfgrass. Particularly damaging in Centipede and St. Augustine grass in south and coastal Georgia.


Fairy ring symptoms vary based on the cause. Above-ground mushroom and puff ball basidiocarps may or may not occur. Typically, this disease has outer rings that are either dark-green or brown in color. The shape and size of the rings vary depending on the species. Activity in the turf ceases when the individual rings come in contact with each other. Some causal agents form fruiting bodies but do not form rings.

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