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Magpies are destroying the lawn

Recently a few magpies have found something they like in my lawn and are systematically digging all around the lawn leaving small holes and clumps of grass which dies of course. Any suggestions? terryofcrete, Dublin 9, Co Dublin Posted: 19/04/2017

The magpies, and crows often do it too, are feeding on grubs, probably leather-jackets, the larvae of crane fly, also called daddy-long-legs. The grubs feed on grass roots and can cause patches of dead grass. The magpies reduce this kind of damage. The small holes offer some aeration of the soil and the grass will soon recover when the magpies have polished off the grubs. 



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