The recent warm winters have seen an explosive expansion of the Crane fly “Daddy Long legs”. They can be seen in September in grassed areas looking for sites to lay their eggs.
Over the winter months the eggs hatch and the resultant larvae, leatherjackets, literally start to eat through the root system of the lawn with devastating results. It is not uncommon to see examples of lawns totally obliterated as a result of leatherjacket attack. Damage can be seen from January through to April.
The garden chafer is the larval stage of the May Bug. They normally cause most damage to lawns in August and September and similarly to the leatherjacket they feed off the plant roots. Normally healthy turf can suddenly wilt and die.
In both leatherjacket and Chafer grub attacks often the first signs of trouble are birds digging in the lawn to feed on the pests, however, other amimals are happy to take advantage of an easy meal. These pictures show damage caused by badgers.
Chafer Grub Damage Cirencester Badger Damage Cirencester
In both leatherjacket and Chafer grub attacks often the first signs of trouble are birds digging in the lawn to feed on the pests.
Ants can be a major irritant on lawns during the spring and summer. They don’t cause problems in themselves but their home building can leave bumps on the lawn which when squashed as a result of mowing leave large soil caps on the surface.