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06/08/2013 at 20:03

I think I have lawn moth. My London lawn has large areas of white dead grass and small white moths about 15mm in length are flying around when you walk on the grass. North America has something called the sod moth which looks similar. Rhs has no information .Does anyone know how to get rid of the critters! Help please

06/08/2013 at 20:23

The Sod Moth! Crikey, there are a few of those around - just ask Tea Drinker.

Sorry, to be serious, your London lawn has just endured a very hot spell and is taking its time to think about getting going again.(Unlike our lawn which has been well rained upon for most of your London drought!). Your lawn will recover when the rains begin again. If it makes you feel like you are doing something useful, you can give it a rake over and take off the dead white grass. The roots are still alive and will survive and bring the lawn back to life whether you do something or nothing at all. It's up to you.

The moths you see are probably what we in good old Blighty called Grass Moths or, to give them their Latin name, Crambus pascuella. They live on meadow grasses, clover and moss, so they are not altogether to be shunned as every lawn owner is keen to get rid of moss and clover, right? I have never heard of an American Sod Moth. But it sounds like a poor thing that has happened to wander into somebody's garden from the wildwood and has made enemies of people who live in a country that likes to shoot things.

Don't worry, things will sort themselves out. Sit in your lovely London sunshine (it rained here today), open a bottle of your favourite tipple, sit in a comfy chair on your nice dry grass and enjoy the show.

06/08/2013 at 20:36

 

it's a good time of year for moths, there's a lot of little ones fly up from my grass, and even more grasshopers jump up.

07/08/2013 at 20:49

Thanks for the soothing words Waterbutts. Hope you are right about it just being draught stress. Perhaps abit of top dressing next spring will strengthen the worst hit areas. 

 

 

 

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