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Getting rid of Dewworms?


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Glen09-Jul-00 06:32 PM EST   
Glen09-Jul-00 07:39 PM EST   
JDB11-Jul-00 09:20 PM EST   
Linda17-Jul-00 12:52 AM EST   
Joanne19-Jul-00 11:16 AM EST   
Sharon22-Jul-00 10:55 AM EST   


Subject: Getting rid of Dewworms?
From: Glen
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Date: 09-Jul-00 06:32 PM EST

Does anyone have any suggestions for getting rid of Dewworms. Going to have to get a 4-wheel drive lawnmower if they get any worse.


Subject: Getting rid of Dewworms?
From: Glen
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Date: 09-Jul-00 07:39 PM EST

Does anyone have any suggestions for getting rid of Dewworms. Going to have to get a 4-wheel drive lawnmower if they get any worse.


Subject: RE: Getting rid of Dewworms?
From: JDB
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Date: 11-Jul-00 09:20 PM EST

Woa...

Why would anyone want to get rid of dew worms?

Dew worms are the biggest indicator of good soil. If you have lots of dew worms, it means your soil is in excellent shape. Dew worms break down the soil so that your grass can grow.

This year has been exceedingly wet, which causes the dew worms to come to the surface.

Next year it may dry out and they will be gone.


Subject: RE: Getting rid of Dewworms?
From: Linda
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Date: 17-Jul-00 12:52 AM EST

Dew worms rise to the surface when the soil is saturated and the nights are warm. If you have had less rain than me this year overwater your lawn. When the worms hav a choice to drown or come to the surface spray the ground with sevin or carbalic soap. If you use sevin get up early the next morning and dispose of the worms as it will kill the birds if they eat them. If you go the carbolic soap method the worms will get itchy and go underground to scratch. Unfortunately all the neighbors must use the same program or they will never be gone. if you choose to live with the critters you can get rid of some of the bumps that arte caused by the worms coming to the surface. Rent a sweeper that is used for cleaning bolavards in the spring. Try brushing the soil lumps down. pack the lawn with a roller then areate. This should help. Good luck


Subject: RE: Getting rid of Dewworms?
From: Joanne
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Date: 19-Jul-00 11:16 AM EST

Glen, I can totally relate. These are not the average garden worm that we all love having in our gardens. These guys can ruin a lawn... not to mention that my lawn mower jumps around so badly when I mow over the bumps, all the screws come lose!!

Anyways, I heard about this method from my local garden centre, and I am going to try it out in the fall to see if it works. They recommend spreading Gypsum over the lawn, which works to break down the clay deposits on the surface of the lawn. Once the gypsum is watered into the lawn, the clay bumps break down, and it you power rake it afterwards, hopefully this will smooth out the bumps.

As I had it explained to me, the worms live 5 feet below the surface, where the soil is all clay. The worms ingest the clay, and when they come to the surface, they excrete it out, thus forming the clay bumps. I too have heard that they go away when the weather is dry. My worms don't seem know about this, since this year has been dry for us, but the bumps keep getting worse.

Best of luck.


Subject: RE: Getting rid of Dewworms?
From: Sharon
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Date: 22-Jul-00 10:55 AM EST

Dewworms are a problem in lawns but please, don't even consider using sevin or diazinon. The dead ones will be eaten by other critters and you also poison any beneficials. The chemicals are not really good for us either and remember that kids or pets that are on your lawn are a lot closer to the lawn than adults and have smaller body weights. This makes them more susceptible to problems related to chemical use. The worms do a bang-up job of aerating the lawn and increasing the fertility. I powerrake a lot of lawns in the spring which does help with the problem. You can rent a machine or hire a lawn care company, usually for a reasonable fee.


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