The Q&A Archives: Information on cut worms

Question: We have a great many small worm holes in our back yard. They are somewhat short and if seen, go quickly back into the ground. Must come out in early morning. Our grass has slowly died there. Someone said they might be a form of cut worm. We live in Englewood, close to Denver, Colorado. Might you be able to tell me what is likely to grow in this area.

Answer: It's probably not cutworms. These are caterpillar-like larvae that feed at night. You can often see them by digging around a fallen plant early the next morning as they are still around gloating over their kill! It's more likely some other problem is afflicting your lawn. Perhaps white grubs, chinch bugs or some other lawn pest. Dig up a one foot diameter patch of lawn and check and see what critters you find. Then we can talk more about the controls.

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