The Lowly Earthworm- The “Super Star” For Your Flower Beds!
April 01, 2012
If you thought the earthworm was only good for fish bait, think again!! This lowly creature is responsible for a lot of great benefits that helps improve your soil’s structure, water absorption, fertility and even suppress weed growth.
Earthworms help to increase the amount of air and improve water absorption in our soil. It’s like having free farm help. The extensive channelling and burrowing that they do, loosens and aerates the soil and improves soil drainage. They help to "turn" the soil—bringing down organic matter from the top and mixing it with the soil below. Soils with earthworms drain up to 10 times faster than soils without earthworms. The tunneling activity of earthworms can also help prevent many of the conditions that weed seeds need to germinate. They will often eat these annoying seeds and either destroy them or reduce their ability to germinate.
Earthworms break down the organic matter, like leaves and grass, into nutrients that plants can use, thereby improving your plant’s growth and health. Their digestive system concentrates the organic and mineral components in the food they eat, so their casts are richer in available nutrients than the soil around them. These left behind castings become a valuable type of fertilizer for our plants.
Think about this, if there were 500,000 worms living in an acre of soil, they could make 50 tons of castings. That's like lining up 100,000 one pound coffee cans filled with castings. Now that’s some fertilizing! These same 500,000 worms burrowing into an acre of soil can create a drainage system equal to 2,000 feet of 6-inch pipe! Talk about improved drainage!
The earthworm - the hardest working super star in our flower beds! Until next month...