The real problem is the clay lumps, not the worms
Does it not make sense to find a way to deal with the lumps !.
To hear the passion with which people seek a "control" for earthworms you could believe that worms are the worst pests on earth (or more appropriately, in earth). Of course, earthworms are beneficial and valuable to the overall health and tilth of the lawn. Their activity improves the growing environment by increasing air and water movement.
The presence of earthworms in the lawn is an indicator of healthy or reasonably healthy soil, it is when they make their presence known that they become a problem. Most of the time worms are unseen, conditioning the soil and living their lives deep in the root zone.
During the spring and fall, or other periods of extreme moisture, earthworms tend to migrate to the surface and leave their castings on the lawn. Worm castings are small mounds or bumps on the lawn which are basically worm excrement. The excretions are nutrient packed remains of digested plant matter and soil which is extremely beneficial to the lawn. The problem in some areas is that the castings also contain clay, which turn hard when dry.
Earthworms help in breaking down thatch, increasing decomposition and creating usable nitrogen in the soil. In fact, five or more earthworms per square foot of soil provides the lawn with 25% of its seasonal nitrogen requirements. The worms' movement through the soil profile acts as natural aeration, helping air and water move from the surface throughout the root zone.
Clay Doctor soil Modifier can be used to treat these lumps and break them down to a finer grained loam like texture easily absorbed back into the lawn.
A full soil modification treatment on a lawn will result in breaking down the surface lumps but it also goes deep into the lawn to treat the soil deep down so that in the future when the worms return to the surface, the lumps are no longer clay and breakdown quickly after watering or rainfall.
We have other compounds such as our Liquid Gypsum and Terraform Soil Treatment that can be applied by the homeowner when and if required to insure with any new lumps the soil
stays soft and friable (softer and loose).
After a clay soil modification treatment has been done, there are many other benefits beside getting rid of the lumps. The lawn now has soil that water can penetrate deep into during rainfall and watering. The lawns roots grow deeper providing a stronger turf.
The soil is once again allowing air and moisture to remain for longer which aids the beneficial soil microbes to thrive.
Your lawn will stay greener, maintain it's lushness longer and require less water and fertilizer than it did before the treatment.
early spring, June and late fall are ideal times for a treatment.
There are advantages to doing the treatment when the soil is very moist or wet as the process penetrates deeper. However we can do this process at any time during the summer, spring and fall.
Call us for details.
Toll Free 1-877-894-9378 - Direct Dial 1-403-638-8090
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Clay Soil Problems & Treatments
Dirt and Soil Services.
Hydroseeding, No Till Drill & Mechanical Grass Seeding.
Lawn & Sports Field Renovations / Restorations
Horse Pasture Renovations / Restorations
Algae Control for Ponds, lakes and Industry
Liquid soil matrix application - grow grass on bald clay soil, sand and gravel without trucking in top soil !