Lawn Pests


Leatherjackets

The recent warm winters have seen an explosive expansion of the Crane fly “Daddy Long legs”. They can be seen in September in grassed areas looking for sites to lay their eggs.

Over the winter months the eggs hatch and the resultant larvae, leatherjackets, literally start to eat through the root system of the lawn causing devastating results. It is not uncommon to see examples of domestic lawns totally obliterated as a result of leatherjacket attack. Damage can be seen from January through to April.

We can provide treatments to protect lawns against potential attack or can assist in repairing lawns that have been attacked and may seem hopeless.

Chafer Grubs

The garden chafer is the larval stage of the May Bug; they normally cause most damage to lawns in August and September in a similar way to the leatherjacket they feed off the plant roots. Normally healthy turf can suddenly wilt and die.

We can provide treatments to protect lawns against potential attack or can assist in repairing lawns that have been attacked and may seem hopeless.

In both leatherjacket and Chafer grub attacks quite often the first signs of trouble are birds digging in the lawn to feed on the pests.

If you would like further details please contact us.

Worms

Worms are great for soil. They create large channels that encourage gas exchange and allow water and nutrients to penetrate deep into the soil. They also act as a little aerator benefitting the soil structure and they actually help to decompose thatch.

However they do cause problems when they surface, normally in the wetter winter months, they produce casts, which are little heaps of soil that have passed through the worm. These casts tend to smear on the lawns surface covering the grass beneath them and creating ideal seeding ground for weeds and moss.

We can provide treatments which will not kill the worms but will encourage them to remain in the soil and carry on doing their good work.

If you would like further details please contact us.

Ants

Ants can be a major irritant on lawns during the spring and summer. They don’t cause problems in themselves but their home building can leave bumps on the lawn which when squashed as a result of mowing leave large soil caps on the surface.

The only effective product on the market is nematodes, microscopic, parasitic worms which are watered onto the ants nest.

If you would like further details please contact us.