The spring of 2020 has seen a huge rise in the number of leatherjackets infecting lawns. Two mild winters and a damp summer combined with the eradication of any controls has resulted in an explosion in numbers of the insects. If your lawn looks to be suffering, have a dig around, you may find the culprit. So what do you do if you find leatherjackets in your lawn?
The winter of 2018-2019 saw a large number of lawns devastated by leatherjackets. These grubs live in the soil, just under the surface of a lawn. They are the larval stage of crane flies (tipulidae). Eggs laid by the adults in the summer months. They hatch and the grubs then spend the winter days munching through grass plants,… Read More »
As winter fades and spring approaches it is time to start planning for the season of lawn care. Your grass has a tough time during UK winters. Short days, low light levels and wet soil is far from ideal conditions for grass plants. Follow these top tips this year to bring your lawn back to its best and set it on the right path to looking great this summer.
I received this interesting question from a reader in summer 2021 about mowing a new lawn. He raises an interesting point about having difficulty making his new grass stand up. A new lawn sometimes grows wispy and leggy and the grass falls over when being mown. If your new lawn is like this find out what to do to bring it under control again.
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.
I received this interesting question in the summer of 2020 about seeding a lawn after it had been destroyed by leatherjackets. The reader asks if the timing of sowing the new grass seed should be delayed to prevent re-infection by the pests. Find out the answer to this interesting lawn question and why there are other factors you should consider.
I am often asked by customers if they should sow seed or lay turf to create their new lawn. There are many factors to consider when deciding which method to choose. Find out the pros and cons to the different ways and find out which method fares better in the long run. Whether you are trying to grass a slope or building that beautiful lawn of your dreams.
Updated: October 2020 What are leatherjackets? The leatherjacket life cycle Spotting leatherjacket grubs in your lawn What damage can leatherjackets do? How can you control leatherjackets? Leatherjacket controls to avoid Will leatherjackets keep attacking my lawn? Download my leatherjacket fact sheet This is a summary PDF of this blog post in an easy to see, printable format. What… Read More »
I recently visited a customer who contacted me with great concern that their turf “wasn’t knitting together”. Upon arrival, it seemed the lines on their lawn was the least of their worries. It was terrible turf. I rarely recommend laying turf rather than sowing new seed. The quality of the final lawn that you get with turf often… Read More »