The Q&A Archives: Worms

Question: What are the small, hard, reticulated worms I'm finding on my driveway and concrete walkway? Will they cause damage to my plants? How do I get rid of them?

Answer: You've probably encountered some dead worms. They're abundant in soil that's healthy, and they wander about during and after rains or when you've watered your garden. The worms slide around on a thin film of water when they leave the soil. When that water dries up, they're marooned, and often dehydrate. Worms are good guys; they aerate the soil and help decompose organic matter. Don't intentionally kill them!

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