Daddy Longlegs & Leatherjackets

Greensleeves Blog | 21 September 2021
Daddy Longlegs & Leatherjackets

The summer season brings happiness to us all, especially those who enjoy spending their days in the sunshine tending to their beloved gardens, and thanks to the extended warm and wet weather summer has attracted another group of lawn enthusiasts’ “Daddy Longlegs, also known as the Crane Fly.

Crane Fly larvae’ “known as leatherjackets, are notorious for causing havoc on your lawn by feeding off grass roots, causing yellowish-brown patches to appear or encouraging predators such as foxes, badgers and birds to tear apart your lawn in search of a juicy meal. They are often more numerous after a wet autumn, as damp conditions favour the survival of eggs and young larvae, so it is important to spot their presence early to stop potential damage to your lawn.

At Greensleeves, we are already assisting numerous customers across the UK with this very issue. We have developed a NEW biological control in collaboration with one of the world’s leading specialists. This entirely organic treatment, known as Biological Insect Control, contains microscopic worm organisms that naturally exist in the soil. These organisms have proven to be extremely successful at eliminating targeted garden pests, providing you with a reliable and effective solution.

To ensure a successful application, the lawn should be mowed and spiked before the treatment is applied, allowing the organisms’ “also known as nematodes, to reach the pests in the top layer of soil. After your lawn care expert has completed the application, the lawn will need to be irrigated for the next two weeks to sustain the damp soil. The nematodes will penetrate the leatherjacket’s bodies with bacteria, causing them to die. Once the pests begin to decrease in numbers, the nematodes will slowly reduce back to a natural level within the soil.

As part of our policy to improve your lawn, all Greensleeves’ treatments are completely safe for children and pets, so you can spend more time outdoors knowing your lawn is in the safe and professional hands of your local Greensleeves Lawn Care Expert.

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