Lawn Pest Control


Lawn Pest Control

Leatherjackets are the main pest in lawns, they are the larvae of the Crane Fly (daddy-long-legs) and they eat the roots of the grass plant in late-Summer/Autumn and then again in the Spring. The larvae can very often be seen on the surface of the lawn but the more obvious damage is seen as bare patches of brown turf appearing very rapidly until the lawn is virtually destroyed within a matter of weeks.  Very often the lawn is completely destroyed with not one blade of grass left.

There are no chemical controls available, instead, nematodes need to be applied in the main period of September and April.  Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that nematode application will be successful, mainly due to changing temperatures and lifecycles not matching.

The lawn needs to be spiked all over and then the nematodes watered in to attack the larvae by infecting and killing them. Forward planning to control the larvae is very important as the nematodes need to be applied at the correct time of the Crane Fly life cycle and the soil needs to be at the correct temperature.  Sprays can also be applied in August and September to prevent the crane fly from laying eggs on the turf. 

Leatherjackets can be controlled but it is a slow and steady operation... one treatment is probably not enough.  Many new housing development have severe infestations which will travel from lawn to lawn and can be difficult to control.  We can implement an annual pest control programme to ensure your lawn remains larvae free.

We can offer advice on all lawn problems: Fairy rings, pests, dry-patch and diseases.

5 Good Reasons to Use Me

  1. I am an independent operator and not part of a franchise. You will deal with me 100% of the time, from our initial meeting to the work being carried out. I get to know you; you get to know me... more importantly I get to know the characteristics of your lawn. It will always be me that works on your lawn, not an inexperienced operative.
  2. I trained at the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden at Wisley in Surrey. I spent two years residing in RHS accommodation and was trained by some of the country's finest and most experienced horticulturalists. I qualified with the RHS Wisley Certificate (credit).
  3. I have City & Guilds qualifications in amenity horticulture covering: nursery practice, landscape, science, machinery maintenance, garden design, plant identification and turf culture. I trained for my C&G courses at Merrist Wood Agricultural College in Surrey.
  4. I am not 'tied-in' to one fertiliser/chemical company as most of the franchised operators are. If your lawn has a specific requirement, I can approach any company to obtain the best and most relevant products for your lawn.
  5. I am trained by the Institute of Groundsmanship to work on fine turf and bowling greens. I attended courses at Rolls-Royce (leisure) in Derby where I trained and worked on their range of prestigious greens.

Please contact me if you would like additional information about Lawn Pest Control and what I can do to improve your lawn.