Adult Crane Flies (Daddy Long Legs) are emerging and laying their eggs. The eggs hatch a few weeks afterwards and feed on plant roots. They can even overwinter if it’s mild and can cause damage the following summer!
Aeration is crucial to creating a great lawn allowing air, water and nutrients to get down to the grass roots.
Ideal time to get rid of thatch in the lawn by scarifying.
Growth may be starting to slow down by the end of September/early October so you can begin reducing the frequency of mowing and gradually increase the cutting height if necessary.
Aeration can be done now provided weather and ground conditions are suitable. It is not advisable to do this when the weather is not too dry as it could do more harm than good.
Scarification can be done now for general maintenance of the lawn or moss control.
If moss is a big problem treatment can be applied now, following scarification.
Rust on lawns – can be identified easily as when you walk on the lawn your shoes will be covered in a yellow “dust”.