Leatherjackets (Crane Fly Lava commonly known as Daddy Long Legs)
Between July and September, the crane fly or “Daddy long legs”, lay hundreds of eggs in lawns across the country. The recent mild wet winters have led to a huge increase in the leather jacket population. The eggs hatch between late autumn and early spring with a maggot like leather jacket larvae emerging and feeding on the grass roots and shoots.
Leatherjackets favour very wet soils, therefore winters that are very wet help leatherjacket populations. However leatherjackets are very susceptible to drought during the early stages of their life. We can quickly identify insect damage offer advice on the best solution available .
With its prawn like appearance the white grey plump larvae of the chafer beetle can seriously damage the root system of a lawn. Lawn damage is usually noticeable in the late summer/ autumn. In severe cases where the roots of the turf has been eaten through and badly damaged you will be able lift your turf off the soil surface by hand.
If you notice patches of lawn browning and dying and large numbers of birds particularly larger bird varieties pecking your lawn you probably have an insect problem. Please act quickly and contact Green Mile Lawn Care Ltd as delays will result in increased damage.
Worms and Wormcasts
This lawn treatment has been temporarily suspended due to EU Legislation which is preventing us from using the products that deal with this problem.
Worms and worm casts are one of the most common problems during autumn and winter period when the soil is wet. Despite the benefits that worms have, the disadvantages of worms out weight the advantages of worms in lawns. It is the casts that cause the most problems as they create muddy conditions and they also provide an ideal seed bed for weeds. They also encourage moles as worms are the main food source of moles.
Green Mile Lawn Care Ltd has a range of products that discourages the earthworm from depositing casts on your lawn by encouraging them to dig down deeper into the soil
Green Mile Lawn Care Ltd can advise you on the best solution for your lawn in these circumstances. For a healthier lawn that looks and feels great, book your FREE lawn analysis TODAY!