Earthworms Killing Warm Season Turf? North Carolina

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Michael Ray, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Michael Ray

    Michael Ray LawnSite Senior Member
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    This is my first full year back in NC. I live in the coastal region of NC and we have very sandy soil. This year I'm noticing large patches in parts of my turf where I have hundreds of quarter sized mounds with no apparent center hole. From what I have researched I think they are earthworm castings. Normally I would think this is great but it appears that the centipede is also receding in these areas and I'm left with sandy/nearly bald patches in my yard. Any advice? Am I diagnosing wrong? Will the turf bounce right back because of all the "good" activity?
     
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    Michael Ray

    Michael Ray LawnSite Senior Member
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    A couple of things.... the mounds have no holes whatsoever and are pelletized, also brushing aside the mound reveals no hole. I just soaked a small area with 3 gal of soapy water and no crickets rose to the top.
     
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  4. RussellB

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    upload_2019-2-10_9-27-38.jpeg Does it look like this? Earthworms are not doing the damage. 99% sure you have mole crickets.
     
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    Michael Ray

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    Not really but only because our soil is so sandy. It's small sandy pelletized mounds with no hole. I'm like 10 mins from the beach.
     
  6. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    I am minutes from the beach as well and have the same soil. Mole crickets.
     
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    Michael Ray

    Michael Ray LawnSite Senior Member
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    Gotcha, any local tips on treating them?
     
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    Michael Ray

    Michael Ray LawnSite Senior Member
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    Tell that to all the fishing worms I find. :)
     
  10. KerbDMK

    KerbDMK LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I will the next time I see them.:) Are these fishing worms found in sunny areas of your lawn or shady? You should find more in the shady moist soils than in the sunny drier soils if the bald areas of your lawn are sunny, your offending burrowers are less likely to be earthworms.
     

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