beautiful lawn
by itself.
quality lawn care advice for australia
  • quality lawn tips
  • 100% original articles
  • honest helpful lawn advice
  • no hidden sales messages


Cutworms Lawn

Cutworms On Lawns

Cutworms get their name from their eating habit which involves chewing through the stems of lawns and plants, with the result being that the rest of the plant or blade of grass falls over.

Cutworm is another of many caterpillar varieties which can damage both lawns and gardens, other caterpillar pests include sod webworm and armyworm. Like these other lawn pests, Cutworms are nocturnal, feeding only at night, and hiding in the thatch layer and upper topsoil during the day.

Cutworm Identification

Cutworms can be very difficult to identify because they are named after their behaviour, and not on a single caterpillar type, as such they can often look quite different from each other. In most cases they will be between 2-5 cm in length, and can range from a bronze colour to brown, to green and sometimes have a variegated pattern.

Apart from being differentiated from other caterpillars by the way they cut through stems of plants and lawns, they are also recognisable by the way they curl up when touched with a hand or other implement such as a stick. Cutworms can be from many different moth types but belong in the family Noctuidae.

How To Find Cutworm

Cutworms Lawn

Cutworm can be found by applying a bucketful of very soapy water over a small area of lawn which has been damaged. Monitor the lawn for the next 10 minutes, and check for these little pests to emerge.

The next method involves going out onto the turf at night time with a torch, and then getting down low to the ground and looking for these caterpillars when they are actively feeding.

Once a caterpillar is found, touch one with a stick, and if it curls up, it's cutworm, if it doesn't curl, then it may be another lawn grub caterpillar.

How To Kill Cutworm

Cutworms Lawn

Cutworm is killed and controlled by the same methods as other cater[pillars in lawns, A special insecticide is purchased from the gardening store or nursery and applied to the lawn just prior to night-time arriving. Once the night falls, the cutworms will come out and feed on the grass and ingest the poison at the same time.

If cutworms have migrated into surrounding garden beds and have begun attacking and destroying plants, then the same insecticide treatments can usually be applied. A more environmentally friendly measure is to surround the base of plants with a protective barrier.

The barrier is usually a tube of some sort which surrounds the stem of the plant, this can be toilet paper rolls, kitchen paper rolls or old yogurt containers with the base cut off.

Lawn Care Advice
Lawn pests advice shares lawn tips on all of the more common lawn pests in Australia, including how to treat and kill lawn pests like ants, black beetle, cutworm, sod webworm, armyworms and more
Lawn Care Advice
the lawn care advice site
Why Do Birds Love My Lawn Wild birds are natural and wonderful guests whenever we're...
White Curl Grubs White Curl Grubs can be responsible for a lot of damage occurring to...
Cutworms On Lawns Cutworms get their name from their eating habit which involves chewing...
Army Worms On Lawns Army worms are another type of lawn pest which are commonly referred...
Sod Webworms On Lawns Sod webworms are a small green and brown caterpillar which feeds on...
Black or African Lawn Beetle African Lawn Beetles, also know as Black Lawn Beetles are...
The Destructive Nature Of Ants Ants can be quite destructive to lawns once their numbers...

Other Quality Aussie Lawn Sites

Dedicated high quality Australian buffalo grass lawn care site
Original high quality Aussie lawn care site covering all lawn care topics and reviews
Australia's most unique lawn contractors site and lawn forum
Share Our Site
Lawn Care Advice
Grab this banner and share our site with friends