Getting Rid of Nightcrawlers - Knowledgebase Question

New Plymouth, ID
Question by thaihvn
February 6, 1998
How can I do away with nightcrawlers and earthworms in my private putting green?

I appreciate all the answers you have been giving me and I hope I am not a bother.


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Answer from NGA
February 6, 1998

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The presence of earthworms is a good sign--it means that your soil is rich and healthy. The worms help aerate the soil, making it a better environment for grass roots.

Earthworms dislike compacted and dry soil. (Then again, so does grass...) If you've been watering your green frequently, you might cut back. Water deeply once in a while, instead of frequent shallow watering.

Other than that...do you know of anyone who likes to fish? Maybe you could find a local child who would love to come collect them after a rain...after all, most fisherman have to buy their nightcrawlers!

By the way, it's no bother at all. That's what we're here for! We enjoy helping our fellow gardeners!


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