Grey Slime Mould (physarum cinereum)

By | 22/11/2020

Autumn seems to be the season of the slime mould. I recently found this fantastic Grey Slime Mould (physarum cinereum) on a lawn in Exmouth. Grey Slime Mould is a collection of single-celled organisms. They look like sooty deposits spilled on the grass. Spread over several metres this one stood out as something rather curious. Almost like spilled paint.

Plastic netting in turf – A nightmare for wildlife and gardeners

By | 12/10/2020

Over the past few years I have noticed a worrying increase in the use of plastic netting in new lawns. This plastic mesh not only makes carrying out some lawn treatments very difficult but it can harm wildlife and increase plastic pollution in the environment. Find out why farmers are growing plastic embedded turf and how you can avoid this new environmental scourge.

Question: Crane flies for ten years

By | 10/09/2020

I received this interesting question in August 2020 about crane flies attacking a lawn year after year. “We’ve had leatherjackets now for ten plus years, gradually getting worse every year. We were of the understanding that crane flies return to where they were larvae.” This is an interesting question about crane flies. Find out more about them and if they return.