how to diagnose lawn problems

Have you noticed something unusual on your lawn? Perhaps the grass has changed colour, mushrooms have appeared, or an army of bugs has taken up residence. Noticing something is different or wrong with your lawn is the first step towards diagnosing a lawn problem. Identifying a lawn problem and seeking professional help is the best way to ensure your lawn stays strong and healthy all year round.

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Leatherjackets - the larvae of crane flies - are a common garden pest here in the UK. If you've never witnessed the damage that these grubs can do to a lawn, well, here's a photo:

Lawn damage caused by leatherjackets

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how to get rid of leatherjackets

If you've got a leatherjacket infestation in your lawn, you might be looking for a quick and efficient way to get rid of them. Left untreated, leatherjackets will chew through your grassroots and cause large clumps of grass to die back. You can sometimes spot leatherjackets in your soil while digging up your borders to plant flowers, but the most common sign of leatherjackets is birds pecking at your lawn. If you think you might have leatherjackets, you should look at getting rid of them straight away!

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Are you thinking about using nematodes (also known as roundworms) for lawn pest control and wondering if they are effective? Well, in short, the answer is no.

Nematodes

Photo by Entomology, CSIRO (via Wikimedia Commons)

Nematodes can be quite hit and miss when it comes to taking care of pests living on your lawn - other, more effective methods of pest control are available. However, if you do decide to use nematodes and would like to learn a little more about them and how they are used to take care of lawn pests, this blog post should clear up things quite well.

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