With the ever-changing weather conditions that we seem to be experiencing, the amount of lawn pests we see rearing their head is increasing and changing. Understanding how to identify, prevent and treat them can be the difference between achieving a green and lushest lawn and not.

Therefore, our July Lawn Care focus will be on identifying lawn pests, the common types you may come across and the best ways in which to treat them.

How Do I Know I Have Lawn Pests?

Lawn Pests can occur at various times of the year, with some species being more common than others. Understanding if you have lawn pests is the first step of the process to being able to take remedial action.

Lack of growth in the grass, brown patches and even a spongy texture are all key signs that your lawn may have been infected. If any of these are apparent, getting in touch with a lawn care expert is a must.

The 3 Most Common lawn pests to be on The Look Out For

With hundreds of variants when it comes to lawn pests, it can sometimes become difficult to identify them all and associated treatment methods. Therefore, we have narrowed them down into the 5 common lawn pests you may come across.


Ants are one of the most common pests you will find in your garden. Most of them can be found simply by looking closely at your lawn and are relatively easy to identify. Even though they do not pose a direct threat they can be considered a nuisance for most.

Chafer Grubs

A chafer grub can come in many variants, all of which can cause relatively similar damage to your lawn. By feeding on the roots grass, they will create irregular patches of brown and dying grass around late summer/early autumn.

Crane Fly & Leatherjackets

A crane fly or as it is also a known a leather jacket due to its grey-brown coloring does not bite or carry any diseases. They affect your lawn by eating the roots and stems of your grass leaving patches of dead grass.

What Are the Best Ways to Treat Them?

Lawn pest identification will put you on the road to being able to treat them and rid them from your lawn. Without taking this time there is a chance you will either not be able to effectively control them or cause more damage in the longer term.

Before using any solutions such as pesticides or insecticides it is always advised to use a lawn care expert to identify your garden lawn pests.

Red Thread Summer & Autumn Disease

Red Thread is a common occurrence during wet summers and in autumn. It is caused by a fungus called Laetisaria Funciformis. Red Thread will very rarely kill off the grass completely and with some simple remedial work can be repaired. It is easily identifiable due to the reddish tinge it leaves on your lawn.

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