So You've Got Earthworms

Wednesday, February 3
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Earthworms are considered beneficial organisms in most cropping systems, as they aerate the soil, decompose organic matter and thatch layers, and increase the availability of nutrients for plant uptake through decomposition of nutrient-rich fecal matter (casts) within the soil profile. Managing these organisms is of the utmost concern to turfgrass managers around the globe, though management is made difficult in that earthworms remain one of the most poorly understood group of soil macrofauna. This presentation will discuss:

• Basic earthworm biology

• Effects of different chemical products on earthworms

• Effect of sand topdressing on earthworms


Paige E Boyle

Benjamin A McGraw, Ph.D.