dead earthworms in the walkway after application

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ant, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
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    got a phone call from a client today, he states that after the last application he notices dead earthworms all over the driveway. hyave any of you had this happen?
     
  2. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    I've noticed that after a heavy rain, but never after a pesticide application. Did it rain after your application.
     
  3. jc1

    jc1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    On Sunday I had hundreds on dead earth worms on my driveway. Maybe something with the weather here and nothing to do with an application?
     
  4. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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    That's typical after an unuasally-heavy ground-soaking rain.

    And in these especially sensitive days on this now "Greener" planet :rolleyes:, everything is going to start to be gone over with a fine-toothed comb in terms of environmental-friendliness !!

    So you folks better know your stuff...!

    And don't be left out in the cold...in terms of your future customer-base...and the direction they'll take YOU !!

    A smart move for any traditional LCO right now is to start to incorporate at least SOME organics/ cultural lawn care into their marketing (and actual) programs; and to take advantage of this worldwide "green" wave while it lasts.
    It'll be here to stay quite a while...if not forever.
     
  5. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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    (sing this to the tune of the priceless (sappy) ....."We are the World" from the "USA for Africa" era of 1985...)


    :dancing:
    :dancing:
    :dancing:

    "We are the worms...
    Out on the sidewalk...

    We are the ones that make a stick-y mess
    So watch where you walk" !!!

    :dancing:
    :dancing:
    :dancing:
     
  6. vegomatic40

    vegomatic40 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yep...soil is saturated from mega-rains. No need to panic...Unless you are a worm.

    "There's a choice we're making....we're saving our own lives...." SQUISH...EWWW... BARF!!!!

    Marcos- Probably a whole bunch of granola-munching-sandal-wearing theme songs we could use but I think you nailed it. During grub apps I used to hum "Whats grubs got to do...got to do with it?" ( in quite possibly the worst Tina Turner impression ever) Can't help it LOL
     
  7. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sometimes after a heavy rain, water forces the worms to come to the surface(or drown). They may decide to cross the sidewalk. But they get disoriented (being blind) and they start crawling the long way of the walk. If they do not find their way back into the grass before the hot sun comes out--they are toast. Food for birds. It is nature's way.

    But why not do a test. Treat half of your lawn--omit the other half. Count the worms that come out or seem irritated. Let us know what happens.
     
  8. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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    Cool, Riggle !

    You think like a worm !!!
     
  9. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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    Actually....for some STUPID reason I STILL remember that silly "We are the Worms" parody from the old "Dr. Demento" radio shows that used to be on-the-air back in the 1980's !!!

    Every time I'm doing some application somewhere....and see DEAD WORMS on somebody's sidewalk...it just "POPS" into my head !!!
    :dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy:
     

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