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Way back in 2012 I sought advice on the problem of worm casts. This produced an overwhelming response (91 replies). Some people genuinely tried to help, others just couldn't understand the problem & the rest just decided to be cynical. 

I will now reiterate the problem &, hopefully, at last the solution. I have two `almost` bowling green standard lawns. From September onwards my front lawn is infested with hundreds if not thousands of worms that produce their slimy, casts & destroy my beautiful grass. For more than 20 years I have tried every supposedly solution known to mankind. None of them has worked, until now.

Last year, in sheer exasperation, I decided to seek some professional advice. So I rang the head green keeper at my local golf course. This will sound totally bizarre but he suggested sprinkling the lawn with ground glass. The worms ingest the glass &, obviously, die. This was of course a ludicrous suggestion which I never even considered.

Not to be deterred I rang another golf course & spoke to a much more helpful head green-keeper. After listening to my problem he asked the size of the lawn (about 70 metres) & then explained that for £30 he could cure the problem. After 20 plus, years of battling worms I was very sceptical, but with nothing to lose, except £30, I decided to give it a go.

That evening he arrived with a pressurised back pack spray. He mixed the chemicals (only available under licence to professional gardeners, green keepers etc.) & sprayed the lawn. It took about 5 minutes.   

Since then I have never seen sight nor light of a worm. Last week he sprayed again for the coming worm season. Brilliant no worms. (I know it's a cheat but at last I have found something that really works)

Unfortunately, so he tells me, that the chemical is no longer available after this year. But, on the positive side, he has got lots of it in stock.

Good luck to all my fellow worm sufferers. You need a friendly green-keeper.

BILLY C is fighting back. Current score - WORMS - 24 (but) BILLY C - 2



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,465

    so what is it? a deterrent or a killer?image

    I like my worms.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    I'll stick with my worms. Fortunately more people are coming round to the idea that there's no future in killing everything that doesn't fit in with our plans. Glad to hear this one is coming of the market. It's a good start.

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    Worms are great image 

    Why on earth would you want to get rid of them? 

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 28,738

    What on earth! Killing worms is unbelievable. Words fail me!

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 8,226

    What next: frogs, bees, birds, may I suggest the best solution might be to concrete over your lawn.

    Did they tear it out with talons of steel
    And give you a shot, so that you wouldn't feel?
    And washed it away as if it wasn't real?
  • Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 758

    Poor worms!!  

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    astroturf might be an option, very good for non-gardeners that want it green.

    Some of those nice plastic box balls round the edge. Job done.

  • Are you mad? What is next? Kill all the birds in case they crap on your lawn, put barbed wire around to stop any person or animal from walking on it? Yes I know I have over reacted but I trust in a light hearted sort of way.

    Actually surely there is only one way to go, astro turf. At Chelsea this year there was a stand specialising in astro turf and I know of one couple who have laid their lawn this way as they are away for good chunks of the year.

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    I use this battered old bit of kit on mine image  I don't have a bowling green standard lawn though, just a patch of grass that has to survive the rigours of family life.


    And before anyone asks. No, I don't fly about on it at the end of Oct image

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