Don’s Expert Answers: Sparrows eating my lawn

Question From:
Ron in Parafield Gardens, Adelaide South Australia

Nature of problem:
Sparrows eating my lawn

Type of Plant (if known):
Lawn, not sure what type of grass thiugh, it was planted by contractors when they built the Vullage

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
Sparrows eating the roots

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:

How often do you water the plant:
2-3 times a week during summer months

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
50% during Winter, 100% during Summer

How long since you planted it:
3.5 years

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
Not sure, the gardener takes care of that…

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:

What other treatments have you given the plant:
Tried a CD on a string to frighten them off but they get used to it ditto for a plastic owl

Upload photo if available:

Other Comments:
The sparrows are not eating grubs or beetles, we don’t have that problem but they are ripping up the turf to eat the roots…

Hi Ron, The grass is dead not eaten, so you either have a lawn disease or a watering problem. It could be a fungal disease called brown patch, if it is a Buffalo lawn and if you have had a wet winter. I can’t identify the lawn from your photo. Dig some holes in the dead areas of the lawn with a trowel to see if the soil is dry – if it is, get some Scotts Everydrop soil wetting agent and water it in well. If not, try some Eco Fungicide to beat the fungus. Maybe this is a seed-grown variety of Kikuyu grass and the sparrows are eating its seeds exposed after it died off. Don