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Spot signs of worm casts on your lawn and this can be worrying and a bit of a nuisance, so you’ll want to find ways of getting rid of this problem as soon as possible. Whilst these casts can be annoying, take heart knowing you have control of the situation, and you can deal with it by taking this advice.

What exactly are worm casts?

There are many different types of earthworms and certain species eject samples of soil from their guts onto the surface of the lawn, leaving small muddy mounds behind which are known as worm casts.

Why does this happen?

Basically, the worms eat dead plant material and inadvertently swallow small quantities of soil at the same time, and this has be to be expelled somewhere. Whilst a number of earthworms get rid of this soil below ground, species such as Allolobophora use a different method and prefer to deposit the waste above ground.

Why is that a problem?

Whilst worms are good for the earth and actually help to aerate the soil, the small muddy deposits left behind on the surface of the turf can have a detrimental impact. Left as it is, and not only does it look unsightly, it becomes slimy, and can sometimes be spread across the lawn by people walking over them or running over them with a lawnmower.

Can you get rid of worm casts?

Yes, you can, there are non-chemical measures you can take to get rid of worm casts. Where possible, be patient and leave the worm castings to dry, after which you can disperse them using the back of a wire rake, moving it gently from side to side.

Need turf supplies? Contact us!

We suggest you maintain your lawn throughout the year to keep it in perfect condition. If you find that your lawn has been affected by problems such as casting worms, just follow the right procedures to restore the look of the lawn. Here at Greendale Turf, we specialise in turf supplies, and if you want to order any of our products you can do so by contacting us today using our online form or call us on 07791 525480 or 07583 502427.

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