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an alternative course of treatment is to have nematodes applied professionally by a lawn care specialist such as TruGreen

With autumn nearly upon us your lawn is at risk of coming under attack from a silent pest, which could transform your lawn from stunning to shabby in a matter of months. Take action now with lawn care specialists, TruGreen and prevent the problem before the damage is done. Leatherjackets, better known in their adult form as Daddy Longlegs (or Craneflies) can wreak havoc with your lawn if left untreated. The adult Cranefly lays its eggs in autumn and the larvae can devour a whole lawn over the winter months leaving you with a patchy and unsightly mess by summer.

The worst of the insect pests, Leatherjackets are legless, brown and can grow up to 4cm in length. The recent milder winters have exaggerated the problem, allowing a longer feeding period for the Leatherjackets and in turn causing numbers to soar. As a result there has been widespread damage to gardens nationwide.

The tell tale signs of an infestation will begin to show in spring when you will notice bald patches and white grass on your lawn. As with most things prevention is better than cure. To avoid this occurring the lawn should be treated as early in the autumn as possible, when the earth is still warm and moist as the most environmentally friendly method is a biological remedy known as a nematode which reacts best under these conditions. Whilst there are chemical grub killers available on the market, an alternative course of treatment is to have nematodes applied professionally by a lawn care specialist such as TruGreen. The nematodes work by essentially eating the larvae, thus preventing the appearance of Cranefly in spring.

TruGreen will visit your home for a free personalised consultation and can offer a treatment specifically tailored to your needs. If you want to ensure you have a luscious lawn in time for next spring, the best time for treatment is now.

To contact your nearest specialist and find out how TruGreen can improve the quality and appearance of your lawn call 0800 021 3074 or visit TruGreen online at


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