We are relatively lucky in the UK when it comes to lawn pests attacking our lawns. There are only two pests that cause extreme damage to our lawns, the Leatherjacket and the Chafer Grub. The damage caused by these two pests is identical and it is only by identifying the insect responsible for the damage that corrective action can be taken. In both cases the first signs of an infestation will be increased activity on the lawn from birds and wildlife. Both the Leatherjacket and the Chafer Grub are a perfect meal for wildlife and it does not take long for hungry birds to be aware of the infestation.
Leatherjackets and the Chafer Grubs cause damage by eating through the roots of the grass, this causes the grass to die, leaving straw coloured patches on the lawn. These patches grow on a daily basis as the insect devours the roots of adjacent grass plants. Early management of an infestation is essential if extensive damage is to be avoided, therefore if you see increased bird activity on your lawn, investigate quickly and if you think you have an infestation call in a professional as soon as possible.
The solution to a Leatherjacket or Chafer Grub infestation is to first kill the offending insect, by applying the relevant insecticide, which is not generally available to the general public. The damage can then be repaired either by local re-seeding or, if more extensive damage has been caused, by applying topsoil and re-seeding.
If you are concerned that your lawn may be infected with Lawn Pests and would like a professional opinion, why not take advantage of the Lawnscience lawn review service. One of our fully trained, lawn care professionals will be happy to arrange a free lawn review with you, during which they will identify the issue(s) and provide you with a fully costed solution for you to consider. To take advantage of this opportunity just contact us.