Could Leatherjackets have destroyed your lawn?

Could leatherjackets have destroyed your lawn?During the Autumn months, Leatherjackets (Tipula spp.) the larvae of the Crane Fly, otherwise known as Daddy Long Legs, can get injected into your lawn. Over winter they start to grow and feed off the roots of your grass, causing havoc and can result in costly repairs to your lawn.

It’s not too late to take action to prevent this happening to your lawn


Could leatherjackets have destroyed your lawn?The Crane Fly are adult insects and are often seen flying around from late August through to late October. It’s actually not the adults that cause plant damage, but the larvae they produce. These small grubs are greyish brown in colour and can grow up to 30mm in length.

How can you tell if you have a Leatherjacket infestation in your lawn?


If there has been an increase of activity on your lawn from birds, especially starlings, magpies and rooks, pecking away at your lawn or you notice that wild life, such as badgers or foxes, have been appearing and been digging away at your lawn you could have an infestation of Leatherjackets, living in your lawn’s root zone.

As a professional lawn care company we usually notice an increase of calls from customers and worried lawn owners during the months of January to March and because of the volume of Leatherjackets seen last Autumn we expect the coming Spring to be especially busy.

So, what can be done to stop this damage?


The only effective prevention for this nuisance pest is to apply the appropriate insecticide to your lawn prior to the damage being caused. A great lawn care professional can advise on how and when to carry out this preventative treatment. A regular and thorough observation of your lawn is essential when you want to control Leatherjackets.….so you can deal with them as soon as they appear!

Could leatherjackets have destroyed your lawn?We visit thousands of lawns across the UK and we love lawn care. As a professional lawn care company we provide a FREE lawn review service. One of our local lawn care professionals will attend your lawn and inspect any issues it may have and provide a fully costed solution for you to consider.

If you believe you have a Leatherjacket infestation it is important to take quick action, as the damage caused by Leatherjackets can destroy an entire lawn in a very short period of time and can be very costly to fix.

If you suspect that your lawn has been infested with Leatherjackets why not contact us today? You can feel assured that after a thorough investigation we will recommend how to get it back to peak condition and protect it from any future attack of this nuisance pest. Giving you back a lawn you can be proud of.