Chafer grubs!

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Chafer grubs!

Anybody had any experience of these, we have a horrible looking lawn.... :(

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Welshcookie

Chafer bugs

Is it the bugs, or rooks digging them up?

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Chafer grubs

Both. It was a small patch, looked like moss so it's been treated with sulphate of iron. However it has got much, much bigger and now we've realised it's not moss but the bugs.

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Welshcookie

Chafer grubs

Well, I hope the rooks do their thing, but they do make a mess! Luckily we have the winter to improve the look of the lawn.
Have you noticed vast flocks of rooks flying like starlings and making wonderful flowing patterns in the sky?

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Chafer grubs

Haven't noticed rooks, but there were three woodpeckers there having a lovely breakfast this morning! Apparently badgers and foxes tear it up as well.

The lawn is half an acre, and I would say the two big patches at the moment cover about half, with other smaller patches that look like they are about to go too.....

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Welshcookie

Chafer grubs

Oh, woodpeckers, lucky you. When we stayed with my son in Berkshire he had a green one on the lawn. That is one bird that is very, very rarely seen in Pembs, though we get greater spotted on the bird table frequently.
Anyway I'm glad 'nature' is doing their bit to get rid of them. I'm sure enough will survive to bumble about on May/June evenings.

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Woodpeckers

Welshcookie, as I look out now there are four green woodpeckers in the garden!

The farmer from next door came to have a look at the lawn and said he had never seen anything as bad as we have got, it will have to come up and all be replaced.

It looks a sorry state.

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Welshcookie

Chafer grubs

Don't be too precipitate. After the grubs have been gobbled up - it has been a bad year for them - the lawn has time to recover, especially if you can give it a roll.

I am so green with envy about the green woodpeckers. I have to make do with the red kites and my visits to see the puffins.

 
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