Lawn being ripped up by birds or other animals…it may be a chafer grub infestation!
If your lawn is being ripped up by birds, foxes or badgers it is usually because there are ‘tasty’ leatherjackets or chafer grubs beneath it ! The classic symptoms you may also see are slow grass growth, often with yellow patches and, as there are few roots left on the grass, it is also easily pulled up.
Check which pest you have by lifting a piece of damaged turf :
If you have leatherjackets then you need ‘Leather Jacket Killer’ (see separate product ) Leatherjackets are about 25mm (1in) long greyish black, almost tubular and somewhat transparent and are the larval stage of craneflies or daddy-longlegs. These generally start to appear towards the end of August and within days they lay eggs, these hatching within two weeks, the resulting grubs starting to feed on the grass roots.
If you have Chafer Grubs you need this product, ‘Chafer Grub Killer’ : Chafer grubs are a creamy or brownish colour, about 15mm long and with a distinct and sizeable head. The beetles emerge from lawns and lay eggs which then hatch into the grubs.
If you find both pests then you need both treatments.
For use during August, September and October, before the grubs go too deep in to the soil. A great and totally safe way to control these pests. Heavy or early infestations should be treated in APRIL too.
Contains 250 millions natural, beneficial nematodes and must be refrigerated, and used before the expiry date printed on the pack. Needs to be applied to moist soil, and the soil must be kept moist for the first two weeks. Follow instructions on the pack.
Treats up to 500m2 this pack size offers a sizeable saving on the smaller pack and is perfect for treating larger areas including cricket pitches,playing fields etc