Don’s Expert Answers: galahs plucking out grass

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in strathalbyn , strathalbyn South Australia

Nature of problem:
galahs plucking out grass

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How long since you planted it:
8 weeks

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Other Comments:
Hi Don I read an article that you wrote on this and said ALUM at a rate of approximately one teaspoon per litre of water, how often should you treat the lawn, do you use a watering can or just a lite spray with a sprayer . Will the alum affect the grass at all .you said the galahs don’t like the taste, i hope you are right asthe grass just cost me $3000 to buy.
Thanks Dave

Hi Dave, There is never one perfect answer for getting rid of pests. Alum tastes bitter and is the main ingredient in anti nail-biting preparations. It is harmless to people, plants and the environment. Alum may work (use a teaspoon per litre of water), but it doesn’t always work. You could also try a weak black tea solution (about one quarter strength), or some wasabe at the rate of one teaspoon per litre of water. All of these should be sprayed onto the grass. Even though I am a lifelong bird breeder, I still have no idea what the Galahs are actually eating. It could be grass new growth embryos, or they could be just drinking the grass sap. Maybe you could make a chook poo brew from Dynamic Lifter or similar by soaking it in water for a few days – then spray that onto the lawn. That would also be an excellent lawn food as well. Let me know how you get on. Good luck, Don