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21/04/2014 at 23:52
I have recently had artificial grass laid in my north facing garden. They put crushed granite then a membrane, then sand before the grass (Lots of layers)!! I have been getting more and more leather jackets appearing up through the grass..... I never had them before so can only think the larvae were rolled up in the grass when the laid it. Can someone please recommend how I can get rid of them? I need a dog friendly solution! Thankyou
22/04/2014 at 00:11

They are coming through from the soil.  Presumably the artificial grass came from a factory, not much chance of leather jackets there!  Unless it was second-hand.

22/04/2014 at 00:13
Yes a factory. Wow I'm surprised they can come up through all our those layers. Do you know how I can get rid of them?
22/04/2014 at 06:20

Birds will eat them - blackbirds and starlings love them.  

One thing's certain, the adults won't lay any more eggs in your lawn so this is the last time you'll be bothered with them. 

23/04/2015 at 18:59

Surely that can't be right? If the leather jackets can come up through the membrane then so can everything else - weeds, slugs etc? Doesn't that lead you to think maybe they put the membrane in upside down, or that it isn't good enough to keep the weeds out for long?

12/07/2015 at 00:28

It seems leather jackets and chafer grub killer is longer available.... 'for domestic gardens' .... this phrase is now regularly 'trotted out'... for nearly all pests it seems... I've been down the nematode route for some time.... but its still not effective enough.....ts a dilellema .... "save the planet' or just 'get rid' without harming other species ... no answer yet it seems.... meanwhile the leatherjackets devour my lawn with or without nematodes.... :-{

12/07/2015 at 07:41

I'm with you on this dannyson.  Lawn grub killer enabled me to grow a good lawn free of leatherjackets.  nematodes for me too now but not as effective.

for me it is a shame we cannot use this product now.  For the "environmentalists"' this is not a problem or understood.

please, please,, comments, again, about the "dangers" to our planet.  It really isn't my point 

12/07/2015 at 07:57

A dear freind who had many remedies for gardening problems advised to put a jeyes fluid dilution on in autumn, not sure if this will make artificial grass a funny colour and pong a bit. 

12/07/2015 at 07:58

Morning primrose....I think jeyes will do both 

12/07/2015 at 08:12

Thought so  quite like the perfume though  clears my sinus 

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