Yes, they may not be the prettiest things, but worms actually do a lot for your lawn and your landscape. It is a well-known fact that worms dig through the soil, allowing it to be naturally aerated, thus allowing your plants to breathe and grow in a much healthier way. Worms are simply the best lawn care aid there is.
Furthermore, while worms in your lawn dig themselves into the soil they leave waste behind them this is called worm castings and they are an extremely effective fertilizer for your lawn. Disgusted yet? Well, here are a few things that you may want to learn before you pick up that shovel and start a worm-killing spree.
- Don’t dispose of it just yet: when I say worm castings, I’m referring to nothing else but worm poop. You can see if your lawn has been blessed by this natural fertilizer by looking for little white balls that look like dirt, and that are probably sitting on your garden beds and other places around your landscape. These droppings contain a concentrated mix of enzymes, bacteria and plant matter; when these components are mixed with the soil you get magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and calcium, which are essential elements for the growth of your plants.
- Breaking it down for you: Composts take some time to be absorbed by your plants but fret not! For here are the worms. Since the components of compost need to be broken down by soli microbes, then your plants are relying on these microorganisms in order to absorb what is rightfully theirs. However, if the microbes are being a little lazy, then the compost will take longer to sink in. Worms actually stimulate microbes bacteria, thus accelerating the process.
- Reliable and long lasting: the fertilizer in worm castings contains a tiny bit of oil in them. This is infused while the organic matter passes through the worm system. This oil slows down the release of the nutrient, thus allowing you to use it pretty much wherever you want. Ask your lawn care specialist for more details on this.