Instructions on the care of a domesticated fairy ring.
May 12, 2014 5:36 PM Subscribe
My family's been living in this house for about ten years, and early on I noticed we had a fairy ring
on the property. When our kids were little, they loved the fairy ring and asked me to mow around it, which I've done for the past six or seven years. This year I noticed that it seemed to expand. Since I don't cut it, there's a circle of longer grass from last year inside of where the fairy ring showed up this spring, as if the ring grew a little bit larger. I also noticed a smaller fairy ring, about a quarter of the size, seemed to be growing about fifteen yards away. I guess what I'm wondering is, by not mowing over the fairy ring, are we helping it get bigger, maybe even spawning baby fairy rings? What do you know about the care, feeding, and life cycle of the domesticated fairy ring?
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Other possibly relevant factors.
An underground septic drain field is about thirty yards away.
A very large tree died about four years ago. It's also about thirty yards away.
Don't use any pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizer on my property, but live next to a commodity crop farm and the field is about fifty yards from the fairy rings.
The fairy ring has never fruited, which is also why I don't know what kind of fairy ring it is.
So does my leaving it unmowed make any difference? And if I wanted to encourage a healthy fairy ring, what, if anything, might I do? Is it growing and spawning a new ring, or is that bad observation and a coincidence?