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Home Remedy for Lawn Fungus

By Debra L Turner ; Updated September 21, 2017

The term “fairy ring” is a cute, whimsical name for an ugly condition--lawn fungus, the most common of which manifests itself as mushrooms. Fungi appear when rotting and decaying organic matter, their favorite food, is present in the ground beneath them. Fortunately, there are some effective home remedies for these rotten fairy byproducts, and they won’t harm your lawn or the environment.

Soap Remedy

Cut the mushrooms or other fungal growths off with a shovel. Rake up and dispose of the debris.

Combine ¼ cup dishwashing liquid with 3 gallons of warm water.

Pour the solution into a sprayer. Soak the mushroom stubs and surrounding turf area generously with it.

Repeat once weekly as needed.

Beer Remedy

Cut the fungi off with a shove. Rake up and dispose of the debris.

Dissolve 1 cup of Epsom salts in 1 gallon of warm water.

Add 12 oz. Pepsi Cola, 12 oz. beer and 1 cup of household ammonia.

Stir in ½ cup liquid dishwashing liquid

Pour the mixture into a sprayer and apply liberally to the affected area, soaking it well. Repeat weekly as needed.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Sprayer
  • Epsom salts
  • Pepsi cola
  • Beer
  • Household ammonia

About the Author


A full-time writer since 2007, Axl J. Amistaadt is a DMS 2013 Outstanding Contributor Award recipient. He publishes online articles with major focus on pets, wildlife, gardening and fitness. He also covers parenting, juvenile science experiments, cooking and alternative/home remedies. Amistaadt has written book reviews for Work At Home Truth.