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:
The owner of this patchy-looking lawn recently contacted Lawn & Weed Expert in the hope that we would be able to diagnose the problem. There are a number of reasons why grass might look like that, but leatherjackets are very often the culprit - and that was the case on this occasion.
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Bare patches on lawn? Leatherjackets could be the cause!
A lot of people, upon noticing bare patches on their lawn, assume that they simply need to re-seed or lay new turf. It often doesn't even occur to the average homeowner that leatherjackets might be responsible for the poor condition of their grass.
The following clues may suggest that you have leatherjackets in your lawn:
- Lots of bare patches
- Birds pecking at your lawn
- Discoloured grass, even when it's been raining
We use our own unique blend of insecticides to keep leatherjackets at bay - for more information, see How to Get Rid of Leatherjackets.
If you've spotted leatherjackets in your garden - or if your lawn is simply looking the worse for wear, and you're not sure why - then get in touch with the Lawn & Weed Expert team! We can visit your property and recommend a suitable course of action.
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