Worms commiting suicide......

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Carolina Cutter, Jun 22, 2005.

  1. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
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    Don't know what the cause was but one of my stops today had about 60 or so dead nightcrawler type worms on the driveway. I thought it was grass clippings but as I got closer I saw it was worms. Sorry I don't have any pics I had forgotten the camera today.

    Anybody know what is going on with all the dead worms? Are they just suicidal.
     
  2. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
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    Rain in your area??? (If so consider yourself lucky. We are DYING!)
     
  3. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nope, no rain lately.........and EVERYTHING is dry.....weeds are thriving though...imagine that!
     
  4. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
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    rain will wash them out. So will over salting I mean over fertilizing with the cheap stuff.

    My guess would be cheap fert or some other kind of chemical irritant.
     
  5. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
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    No rain in Southern Pines? We've had perfect if not too much rain.
     
  6. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
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    Been dry for over a week with temps in the 90's....everything is REAL dry around here.....they had to water A LOT for the open.
     
  7. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
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    I bet you are on to something...the front yard is REALLY thick.....lots of grass blades on the lawn after I cut.....I usually have to take the blower and disperse them after the cut.
     
  8. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
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    Glad I could help.
     
  9. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
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    None to amount to anything here in Greensboro either. We are 6" behind for the year as of today.
     
  10. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
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    In our cases here though I don't think that is it. You are like here very dry and I think that has a lot to do with it. The reason I say that is on Monday on a street here that has about 20 houses we mow 11 of them and the dead worms were everywhere, in the drives and on the street and I know these had 1) not been hit with cheap fert and 2) not been fert'd lately because we also do that on these accts.

    Anyway I bet the worms left alive thought that the "worm rapture" had come cause the Shin 630 and the RedMax 8000 were blowing them 10 feet in the air. :laugh:
     

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