If the dandelion holds #1 spot in our lawn culture’s ‘Most Misunderstood Plant‘ category, fairy ring mushroom must win an equally prominent award in the ‘Most Misunderstood Fungus‘ category. Fairy rings are the bane of a lawn perfectionist’s existence, if one is present. Pure evil. They put that unsightly curvaceous scar upon the utopically manicured monoculture of grass. I’ve heard of all kinds of ‘remedies’ to deal with them, but now that I understand mushrooms a bit better, I can see that one’s best option is to dig up the soil that contains the mycelium and replace it with fungus-free soil. Or you can get over it and just get to eating them.
Not that eating them will get rid of the ‘problem’ [think of mushrooms as fruit] – but it might make you feel better about it. I find comedy in human nature’s illogical propensity to do things like destroy an edible mushroom with all their might then hop in the vehicle to go buy an edible mushroom from a box store. While I’ll omit descriptions for identification, leaving that task to yourself and a set of good library books, let it be said that these little guys are not rocket science to identify. One of the telling characteristics obvious in the photo is their propensity to have tough-to-break stems. I tied one in a knot, to illustrate.
Would you believe these are choice edibles? Well, from lawns that aren’t sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, anyway. It’s true. The world needs less hate and more love and I, for one, am choosing to love the fairy ring.