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Lawn and Weed Care Wirral Insects Pests

Insects and pests, How Lawn and Weed Care Wirral Can Help To Control Them.

Leatherjackets (Crane Fly Lava commonly known as Daddy Long Legs)

Between July and September Crane fly or. “Daddy long legs”, lay hundreds of eggs in lawns across the country. The recent mild wet winters have led to a huge increase in the leather jacket population. The eggs hatch between late autumn and early spring with a maggot like leather jacket larvae emerging and feeding on the grass roots and shoots.

Leatherjackets favour very wet soils, therefore winters that are very wet help leatherjacket populations. However leatherjackets are very susceptible to drought during the early stages of their life. We can quickly identify insect damage and our treatments are safe, efficient, effective and much cheaper than replacing large sections of your lawn.

Chafer Grubs

With its prawn like appearance the white grey plump larvae of the chafer beetle can seriously damage the root system of a lawn. Damage is usually noticeable in the late summer/ autumn. In severe cases where the roots of the turf has been eaten through and badly damaged you will be able lift your turf off the soil surface by hand.

If you notice patches of lawn browning and dying and large numbers of birds particularly larger bird varieties pecking your lawn you probably have an insect problem. Please act quickly and contact Lawn and Weed Care Wirral as delays will result in increased damage.

Worms and Wormcasts

Worms and worm casts are one of the most common problems during autumn and winter period when the soil is wet. Despite of these benefits that worms have, the disadvantages of worms out weight the advantages of worms in lawns. It is the casts that cause the most problems as they create muddy conditions and they also provide an ideal seed bed for weeds. They also encourage moles as worms are the main food source of moles.

Lawn and Weed Care Wirral has a range of products that discourages the earthworm from depositing casts on your lawn by encouraging them to dig down deeper into the soil

Moles

Invade lawns and gardens in search of food (worms etc) They do not damage lawns for fun they are establishing a set of tunnels to trap worms. Moles dislike noise and vibration and strong smells. Moth balls have been recommended but We have mixed reports about their efficiency. We can treat your lawn to encourage the worms (food source) to burrow deeper and avoid the tunnels. Without a regular supply of worms for food hopefully the moles moves away to hunt for food elsewhere. Traps and poisons are not the answer but profitable for the mole catcher. If you kill one mole in our experience another one replaces it until the food source is gone!

 

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Lawn analysis

Once you contact us we will agree a convenient time to meet you and survey your lawn (if you are busy you do not have to be at home as we can survey the lawn and leave our survey and recommendations at your property.) One of our experienced staff will visit your lawn and carry out the following analysis:

Visual inspection to assess:

  • Weed population - identifying common and difficult weeds
  • Assess the amount of moss present over the whole lawn
  • Identify the conditions in your garden that encourage moss
  • Identify grass condition and health
  • Check for evidence of insect damage
  • Take core samples to check for: Soil composition,
  • Sub surface level thatch,
  • Surface level thatch
  • Disease analysis
  • Mowing routine and mowing height

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