By Neil Wilson - Sub Editor for the Bribie Islander

Mushrooms. Fungus. Fungi. Flora and Fauna. Plants. Vegetation. Bribie island. Brisbane. Queensland.

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Tags: Mushrooms. Fungus. Fungi. Flora and Fauna. Plants. Vegetation. Bribie island. Brisbane. Queensland.

Everyone knows that the occasional appearance of mushrooms after a few days of rain is not particularly unusual but on the grass at the front of Bongaree resident Coleen Lett’s house, a recurring crop of large mushrooms of the toxic variety has Coleen and everyone else completely mystified.

Coleen explained to me that where the mushrooms have begun to appear, there has been a discolouration of the grass for some months. ‘The mushrooms have only started to come up since the rain. They have become quite an attraction for passers-by and some have been as large as 200 millimetres in diameter,’ said Coleen.

‘We have been pulling them out after they appear and this is now the third lot. As well as this big circle at the front, there are two half circle patches coming up in the backyard,’ she added.

Coleen said that a bit of research on the internet has revealed that these toxic invaders of the lawn spring up from a network of fungus and bacteria under the ground which is the beginning of a lawn disease with the only successful eradication method being to remove all the existing soil.

Well, this may very well be the case but I prefer to still go by Coleen’s original question. Is it FAIRIES or GREMLINS?

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