Fairy Rings - Blessing or Curse?

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Fairy rings are neither good nor bad. They indicate that normally-occurring soil fungi are decomposing dead organic matter in the ground. The ring will gradually enlarge through the years, as the fungus works from a central point outward. The size of your ring indicates it’s been there for a number of years. The mushrooms develop only when conditions of soil moisture and temperature are suitable. The mushrooms can be left in place to degrade in a natural manner, or you can collect and discard them. No treatment is needed, or useful. 

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