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P_earthworms

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Caused By:-     Several Genus and species

Description

These are Earthworms. Worms consists of many different distantly related animals which have a long wriggling cylindrical body and no legs. They are invertebrates and include Earthworms, Nematodes, Flatworms, insect larvae such as grubs, and maggots and some marine animals called worms. In regards to plants Earthworms, nematodes and flatworms are the most important. In general these three recycle organic materials so that the nutrients can be used by the plants. Unfortunately some worms like the flatworm and nematodes can be deleterious to the soil and plants, but many nematodes are important biological control of many garden pests like slugs, snails and other soil living animals. Therefore the most important worms for soil fertility and condition, especially in temperate countries, is the earthworms, which should never be classed as pests. Earthworms emerge at night to feed on fallen leaves and other partly-decomposed organic material they do not feed on healthy roots of plants. The organic matter is then broken down further in the earthworm then it is excreted. The excreted materials are then easily converted into nutrients by the soil's micro-organisms which releases nutrients for plants to use. There are at least 25 native species of earthworm in the British Isles. Earthworms are great soil improvers for plants. They speed up decomposition by consuming lots of dead plant material, and their burrows help aerate the soil, which is essential for good plant growth, and allowing water through more easily. Earthworms appear to prefer alkaline rather than acid soil and can be a great soil improver on chalk soils with enough organic matter on the surface especially as a mulch.
See also these other Eelworms CHAFER GRUBS, CHRYSANTHEMUM EELWORM, DIEBACK, EELWORMS, ENCHYTRAEID WORMS, IRIS BORER CATERPILLARS, LEAF AND BUD EELWORM, LEATHERJACKETS, LILY VIRUSES, NUT WEEVIL, ONION EELWORM, NARCISSUS EELWORM, PEA AND LEAF POD SPOT, PHLOX EELWORM, POTATO CYST EELWORM, ROOT KNOT EELWORMS, SLUGS, SNAILS, STEM AND BULB EELWORM, TOMATO CYST EELWORMS, VINE WEEVIL, WIREWORM, WILTING.


Control

Always use compost on soils instead of chemicals where this is possible as this increases the organic materials that worms live and breed in. This in turn improves soil conditions and fertility.



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