Fairy ring found at city/county park

Chris Cooper Managing Editor

October 12, 2013

The Russellville City/County Park holds a nifty display of mushrooms called a “fairy ring.” These rings are especially curious due to their placement and size. The ring was located on the grass near the Caleb Slaton baseball field.

Mushrooms growing in lawns are common occurrences especially during rainy weather. They live off decaying organic matter in the soil, often decaying tree roots, and are not harmful to the lawn. They will naturally disappear as they age or they may be collected and composted, knocked down with a rake or hoe, or mowed over with a lawnmower. However, a fairy ring stands out among other mushrooms.

A fairy ring, also known as fairy circle, elf circle, elf ring or pixie ring, is a naturally occurring ring or arc of mushrooms. The rings may grow to over 10 metres in diameter. They become stable over time as the fungus grows and seeks food underground. They are found mainly in forested areas, but can also appear in grasslands or rangelands.