Earthworms Reduce Weeds

 

 

It is an established fact that earthworms improve garden and agricultural soils but it's not so well known that earthworms also can help reduce weed growth.

The Blaine County Recreation District in Idaho is beginning a test project against noxious weeds this spring. They have teamed up with a local service, Whitehead Landscaping, who will apply the vermicompost tea to the weed infested land.

Research has shown that earthworm excrement, also called castings or vermicompost, improves the fertility, aeration, porosity, structure, drainage, and moisture-holding capacity of soil. The possibility of earthworms having the ability to aid in prevention of weed growth is a breakthrough for using less synthetic and harmful chemicals.

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Author: Marilyn Pokorney
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