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17/09/2012 at 17:43

Help please - my lawn is being attacked.  Is this bird damage or should I be looking at some kind of treatment for the lawn,  This has happened over the past two days; the lawn is quite dry and so there is plenty of thatch for the birds to grab hold of, if bird damage is what it is,  if so why just my lawn?  Hope the photo is ok!





17/09/2012 at 17:56

Sorry, don't seem to be able to provide photo - will try again.


17/09/2012 at 17:56
17/09/2012 at 18:07
Pinkpeony, can you describe what is happening to your lawn.. At this time of the year lawns are attacked by crane fly larvae feeding on the grass roots. Birds search for these grubs and because the grass roots have been eaten the grass is torn up too. Are there straw coloured patches over the lawn?
17/09/2012 at 18:08

Sorry, don't seem to be able to provide photo - will try again.



17/09/2012 at 18:12

Pinkpeony-read the link I posted

17/09/2012 at 18:20

Sotongeoff -still unable to load pic.  

Christopher2  - there are straw patches over the lawn so could the birds be responsible (there are plenty of magpies and crows here)  although the extent of the damage indicates there must be hundreds of 'em!   Tufts of grass, some with soil attached have been lifted and in some places holes have been made - the lawn looks pockmarked....should I treat the lawn in some way or just rake up the mess?  

Thank you both - will keep trying with the photo.


17/09/2012 at 19:45
I am sure you have leatherjacket larvae in lawn. Get lawn grub killer online. Use it at this time of the year. The birds are just messing up the lawn that the grubs in the lawn have already damaged. There will be "hundreds of 'em.". In future use the lawn grub killer earlier when you see the daddy long legs about.
18/09/2012 at 09:31

Christopher2 &  sotongeoff - Thank you both again - I notice this morning there is another post on this subject.  Off now to the garden centre to get lawn grub killer.

Appreciate the help and advice on uploading pics via alternative method; still no luck.  My computer skills are about as good as my gardening, not sure what I'd do without advice from this forum....


18/09/2012 at 14:53

Update - have dug some turf from the lawn and.... chafer grub!

Thanks again forall the advice.


18/09/2012 at 21:05
Lawn grub killer will kill chafers and leather jackets.
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