The apparent increase in populations of leatherjackets and chafer grubs often poses a real challenge for turf managers in terms of controlling the pests to minimise damage. There are currently a limited number of approved products available to control the problem and with limited label restrictions for certain sectors. You may remember I put together… Read More Please get involved – LeatherJacket survey
Just a quick blog, the temperatures are forecast to lift this weekend (the forecast is highlighted in green below) At last! Historically we’ve seen the Spring hatch around 20C and finally we’re going to hit that this weekend (I hope!). Check out this blog for more info on this concept…….. Above chart shows the max… Read More Higher Temperatures Forecast – Late Hatch?
The last couple of weeks have been all about LeatherJackets and forgive me for continuing to share my thoughts. The recent Webinar I did with BIGGA to discuss the challenge has increased the number of conversations I’ve had about this subject and shown me how little I know as well as how much we have… Read More Spotted Cranefly spotted
Loading… Live table showing reported sightings Its the 23rd April 2021 and the reported sightings of a Marsh Cranefly (the 2 lifecycle a year ones) hatch are now coming in. The first sightings came in a round 4 weeks ago now in the very mild areas of the country and from some areas using undersoil… Read More Warmer weather = Spring hatch?
It’s starting, a few reports of cranefly beginning to hatch are coming in. In fact they started a couple of weeks back – particularly on sites that had reported early damage. These tend to be in the mildest areas of the country. I’m definitely seeing patterns between warmer sections of the country and levels of… Read More Spring LeatherJacket activity
I’ve put a couple of blogs together recently about Leather Jackets that have prompted some discussion. A recent Online survey we did gathered some serious momentum (thank you everyone) and gained over 410 submissions – that’s well over 10% of the golf clubs in the UK and therefore pretty representative of what is going on.… Read More LeatherJackets Temperature response
Over the Christmas holiday we began to see some LeatherJacket damage. In my last Blog I wrote about the journey the offending grubs have been on since birth. If you’re seeing damage or you feel there is a chance of LeatherJackets in your sward then having a good understanding of the population will help you… Read More LeatherJacket population counts
It feels too soon but I was getting feedback of leatherjacket damage before Christmas on the South Coast. Peak flight was 15 weeks ago now and we’ve only just started to see some cold weather. The above chart shows how we’ve had some pretty good growth since the hatch until the Christmas period when the… Read More LeatherJackets damage
With LeatherJacket damage being reported and courses closed the question being asked is – should I aerate? Why do it? This is my first response to this question – what are you going to gain? Do you need to: Increase infiltration rates? Decrease OM content? Keep surface open? Or are you just doing it because… Read More Lockdown Aeration – Should I?
This time last year we were about to see the peak of Cranefly hatching. It’ll be interesting to see if that repeats itself again this year or if we are already there. Keep logging at PestTracker so we can get a clear picture. Either way this is the period to apply Acelepryn. Assuming you’ve seen… Read More PestTracker Update – Sept Week 3