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worms all over walks and driveway weeks after application of fert.

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ant, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    got this from a client today....
    Hi Ant, Just was wondering if you know why we have all dead worms all over our sidewalk, surrounding our lawn. We are the only house that has it on the block. It looks terrible. Is it something that you put on the lawn??
    what do u guys think..
    it just started to rain today here for the first time in a week or so..
  2. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,120

    This question has been asked before. It has nothing to do with the fert, the rain is driving them from their tunnels.
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  3. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    What type of fert did you apply and at what rate?
    Did you happen to drive by and look for any signs of dead worms on the customers sidewalk?
    I happen to agree with all of the rains that have fallen and the night time temps, the worms are higher up in the soils, but if there are no other neighbors with this same problem, it will lead to speculation. A quick release salinic content fertilizer will flush them out just as Ammonium Sulfate will flush out the worm and kill them! Ever wash out a bucket of bleach water and it pours onto the grass..............the worms will come to the top and turn to slime.
    I have had several dozen of the red worms on my sidewalks but it is after the heavy rains and the concrete is warmer and higher up than the soil.
  4. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I had a minor similar issue....the worms are up there already. On a 1000' ft driveway I only saw 15 or so after a .75lb feeding

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    my plot to take over ant is working :clapping:
  6. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,145

    There goes my beer all over the keyboard! :laugh:

    Ant, don't let him get away with this! We jersey boys need to counter attack against those pesky Pa kids.
  7. GrazerZ

    GrazerZ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 670

    Tell them they have more worms due to your awesome care.
  8. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    It is a common fact, that healthier soils when active, do have more worm activity than barron lifeless soils. So, more worms mean healthier soil!!!!!
    I can dig in my annual beds that is loaded with manure, leaf litter, and the worms would scurry like roaches.!!!!!
  9. HayBay

    HayBay LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 846


    Some people are so enviro alarmist now days...

    This customer will be trouble in the future.
  10. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,113

    Customers who pay attention to what goes on in the yard are always trouble!:rolleyes:

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