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swarms of tiny flies in new turf

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by DavidA1982, 13 Jul 2018.

  1. DavidA1982

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    Hi all

    I put down a new lawn about a month ago. Despite the complete lack of rain I have managed to keep it alive. We were away for 2 weeks so got back and gave it a cut last night. I have two concerns:

    1) Even on my highest stetting, I was probably cutting 50% of the length off the grass. However the grass is stil really long. I understand that if I've scalped it, I need to water it deeply. But...

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    2) When I was cutting it, swarms of tiny white flies or knats were coming out of the lawn. Pic of one attached. They were everywhere! it was a real pain - hundreds would fly up just from walking on the turf. The Internet tells me that over-watering the lawn can attract them.


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    So I don't know whether to stick or twist really - do I water or let it dry out for a few days? Any advice would be welcome.
     
  2. conny

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    I would keep trimming it. Don't know what the flies are but that looks like a fairly expensive job you have had done and letting it get parched will not do it any favours.
    No idea what the flies are or what to do about them.
     
  3. nuzuki

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    mud mites maybe... I get swarmed by them when digging deep holes
     
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