The larvae of the chafer beetle feed on the grass roots causing extensive damage. They tend to prefer living in sandy soils. The symptoms of chafer grubs include thinning, weakening and discolouring of the grass, sometimes with uneven dead patches and the turf seems spongy underfoot. Further damage can be caused by birds and badgers attacking the lawn trying to get to the grubs. The damage these grubs make is most noticeable between May and October. Poorly maintained lawns are more susceptible to attack, so the LawnHopper® programme of treatments helps avoid any infestations. We can also provide a treatment to help control chafer grubs.
Leatherjackets are the larvae of the crane fly (daddy long-legs). The symptoms are very similar to that of the Chafer Grub. They are the most common lawn pest and can be found in lawns usually in the springtime or late autumn. Poorly maintained lawns are more susceptible to attack, so the LawnHopper® programme of treatments helps avoid any infestations. We can also provide a treatment to help control leatherjackets.
Ants disturb the earth creating small mounds over their nests. This damages the roots of the grass which may dry out and die. Ants cannot be eradicated but repeated raking of the earth mounds and flooding with water will move them on.
Bitch urine scorches turf which can appear severe especially during dry weather. The only way of remedying the damage is to water the area profusely and keep the dog off the lawn. Severe damage would need to be reseeded or re-turfed.
These are not so much a pest as an eyesore. They casts can be disturbed by foot traffic or mowers spreading the soil over the surface of the lawn, making weed infestation a threat. The best remedy is to use a besom broom, on a dry day, to sweep away the casts. Worms are not a pest they are actually a beneficial part of a gardens eco-system and will only live in a healthy lawn.
The main diet of a mole is earthworms. Earthworms are an indication of healthy soil. The main sign of moles in your lawn are the unsightly molehills they create. We do not offer any mole prevention or removal and advise that you contact your local pest control service.