Your Most Googled Lawn Problems of 2020 (So Far)

Greensleeves Blog | 21 September 2021
Your Most Googled Lawn Problems of 2020 (So Far)

We analysed our own data to understand what our customers are searching for in 2020. We’ve looked at Google searches from January to May 2020 to create a list of the top five most searched lawn care topics by you.

The Top 5 Lawn Care Searches:

  • Chafer grubs
  • How to level a lawn
  • Lawn weeds
  • Lawn treatment
  • Lawn care tips

Below, we compare the total number of searches from January to May 2020.

Lawn Problems on the Rise

We also compared your 2020 and 2019 searches from March-May, to understand what’s changed in the last year.

The 5 biggest search increases for lawn care problems in 2020 compared to 2019 are:

  • Chafer grub: +121%
  • Leatherjacket treatment: +1347%
  • Grass weeds: +743%
  • How to Fix a Waterlogged Lawn: +255%
  • Red Thread: +789%

Solving Your Lawn Care Problems

Chafer Grubs

Your most searched lawn problem by far has been for chafer grubs. So, what are they and how do you get rid of them?

Chafer grubs are the larvae of the chafer beetle that live in soil. They eat grass roots and cause yellow patches on your lawn as they kill it off.

If you have a chafer grub infestation and don’t treat it, your lawn can become seriously damaged, eventually turning brown as the roots die. These grubs also make a tasty meal for potential predators, who are most likely unwanted guests in your garden, such as foxes and badgers. Not only do they entice these animals into your garden, they also dig into your lawn to capture these grubs to eat, causing further long-lasting damage.

How Do I Treat Chafer Grubs?

You’ll need a professional insect control treatment to effectively kill off chafer grubs, called nematodes. We aim to apply this between July and October when the temperatures are higher and chafer grub infestations are at their peak.

You’ll start to notice the initial effects of the treatment in 3-7 days. To see full effects of the treatment, please allow 2-4 weeks after the treatment is applied.

How to Level a Lawn

Whilst we aren’t landscapers, we do know how to make a lawn level for that polished look.

If your lawn used to look even but over time has become bumpy and uneven, here’s how a bit of TLC can level things out.

Pooling water throughout the wettest months can lead to extra soggy areas of your garden, and eventually create dips in the grass. If water pooling is your problem, your lawn may be struggling to drain and require an aeration treatment to help drain the rain away naturally.

Animals and footfall over time can also lead to lawn bumps and dips.

If you have minimal lawn-level issues, you may be able to bring it back to life with an additional sprinkling of grass seed. Simply give the patchy areas a bit of grass seed, water and gently pat down into the soil.

For deeper lawn dips, you’ll need to dig up the turf and either remove or add additional soil where required underneath to even the foundations out. For more information on how to do this, here’s our lawn leveling guide.

Lawn Weeds

Especially during lockdown, we’ve seen a surge in our customers looking for help with weeds. Gardening has been a solace for many while we are confined to our homes and gardens, so it’s no surprise that getting rid of weeds has been a top concern.

When you’ve worked so hard to achieve a uniform luscious green lawn, it’s upsetting to see a weed rear its ugly head. Weeds can easily be transferred to your lawn from elsewhere, from animals and even the bottom of your shoes when you’ve popped out for your daily exercise.

We’ve compiled a list of the most common lawn weeds to help you identify what they are and how you can get rid of them.

Lawn Treatment

As there’s been a notable increase in searches to fix lawn care problems, (we’ll show you this in the next section) it’s understandable that our customers have been seeking treatments for their lawns.

Our most popular treatments to help you combat the main lawn problems include:

  • Lawn renovation
  • Scarification
  • Aeration
  • Hydration
  • Fungicide
  • Insecticide

Lawn Care Tips

Along with the demand for professional treatments, our customers have also been searching for DIY tips to keep their lawns in tip-top shape.

We keep our lawn advice section up to date on the following issues:

  • Mowing
  • Moss
  • Weeds
  • Chafer grubs
  • Leaf spots
  • Red thread
  • Lichen
  • Thatch
  • Snow Mould
  • Leatherjackets
  • Dry Lawn

We’ve also created a lawn care calendar so our customers know when the best time to perform professional and DIY treatments is. Check it out here.

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