Are These 5 Pests Ruining Your Lawn?

The lawn is the aspect that we use to determine the health and overall aesthetic success of a garden. But unfortunately, just as our plants and trees are affected by unwanted pests, so is our lawn.

So if you’re wondering just why your lawn isn’t looking as healthy and luscious as you’d hoped, then ask yourself; are these 5 pests ruining your lawn?

From September and through the winter months, our gardens play host to the Crane fly, aka the ‘Daddy Long-Legs’. Whilst the adults themselves are harmless, as autumn and winter draws in, they search for grassy areas in which to lay their eggs. The larvae from these eggs are known as Leatherjackets, and every year they cause devastating effects when they eat their way through the lawn root system. The results of this pest are dead patches of lawn, but fortunately there are preventative and restorative measures that can be taken.

Whilst many find toadstools interesting, for gardeners it can indicate poor lawn health. So where you may find a cluster or a ‘fairy wing’ of mushrooms, it may be a sign of thatch; an indication that your soil is in an unhealthy condition. If this is not the case, then simply remove them by picking them.

The Chafer Grub is the unwanted offspring of the beetle, the June Bug. This bug is found in gardens from May-June, but the larvae will eat on the roots of the grass when they have hatched between August and September. Again the results include the wilting and dying of grass, but there are treatments to kill off these damaging grubs.

Whilst worms can actually improve soil condition through the water channels they create, and the aid they give in thatch decomposition, they can equally cause damage. The soil casts earthworms produce on the lawn surface are ideal seeding grounds for weeds and moss, so often measures should be taken to eliminate worms from your garden.

Finally, if your lawn has worms, then it is likely your garden will attract moles, too. An unsightly pest, moles leave gardens with unwanted mounds and tunnels, and can damage seedlings as the roots are disturbed.

Want to make sure your lawn is in tip top condition in 2012? Give us a call on freephone 0800 389 2066!