What is hapenning to my lawn in the winter

I look after it during the summer, then in the winter I leave it alone hoping it won't look as bad as the previous winter. Each year it gets worse! Are they roots being eaten?

 

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  • Ducky3Ducky3 Posts: 7

    Sorry I tried to input some image links but it didn't work. What the photos show is a nice lawn in the summer that is about 10m x 10m. In the winter the whole border is bare and encroaches about 2.5m in around the edge. The grass has literally disappeared.

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  • annie8annie8 Posts: 34

    i think you might be wise to.  check  for leather jackets (they are the grubs from crane flies or as we use to call them when we were  kids daddy long legs. they lay their eggs in the lawn and when the grubs form they feed off the roots which just kills the lawn . It happened to me once (once is enough) so when I laid a new lawn  ,  I treated the lawn with nematodes that I buy from the green gardener you can order over the phone and they send them through the post , it's easy to do , just mix them with water and water the lawn with it .i am a believer of prevention of it happening again .i have been doing this for a couple of years now  and touch wood my lawn has been great .

    you can get the phone number of the greengardener (they are such a helpful couple that run the business ) from the internet ,I don't have it with me at the moment as I am staying at my daughters ,full instructions come with the order .

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  • Ducky3Ducky3 Posts: 7

    Thanks

    I've done it once before but because you can't see it working parting with £20 was hard to do again. I know they are there because I've seen them when laying patches of new turf. I just wasn't sure whether having some of them present was normal and whether they are causing so much damage.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Having some leather jackets is perfectly normal, I'd also check the drainage around the edges of the lawn, maybe dig in some grit and sharp sand, water can do as much if not more damage than leather jackets.

    I'd also put up bird feeders and get some food for the ground feeders who will help keep the problem under control.

    Nematodes are great at control, but I'd back stop by looking at he drainage as well.

  • annie8annie8 Posts: 34

    ducky 3

    you have by the looks of it an infestation of them and they won't stop munching on you grass roots till you  do something and if you keep replacing with new turf it must seem like Mc Donald's (in a gardening sense haa)  to them , it's a circle of life you . ..... You have the grubs they to will emerge as daddy long legs then they will then lay more eggs grubs etc etc; Green thumb will come out and treat the lawn with a spray , you can also when your lawn is wet over a patch of it lay a black plastic bag weighted down with a few bricks , do this of a night , turn it over the next morning and you will find them clinging to it ,then just leave them for the birds to eat .but I strongly recommend the nematodes as well every year for a couple of years (although I will always do this every year ) the combination of all this may seem a little costly , but replacing a lawn or even patches (that will get bigger &bigger ) IS costly and labour intensive .image Hope this helps Annie 

  • annie8annie8 Posts: 34

    Just thought I better mention that you  will notice the time is 2.16 when I sent this ,my daughter lives in Perth Australia we are 8 hours ahead in time .image

  • annie8annie8 Posts: 34

    You can use the nematodes between August and October , leather jackets  are at there worst between august and may .if you have more than 25percent  damaged to your lawn you realy do have to act .image

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