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Old 08-27-2008, 04:20 PM
 
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Has anyone out there used nematodes in their lawn? I recently bought a house that has a beautiful yard. The owners said they use nematodes, but didnt mention how often, or where they get them, or how to apply them. I am reading conflicting information in the Internet and wanted to know y'alls experiences with them.

Thank you in advance!
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:25 PM
 
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Has anyone out there used nematodes in their lawn? I recently bought a house that has a beautiful yard. The owners said they use nematodes, but didnt mention how often, or where they get them, or how to apply them. I am reading conflicting information in the Internet and wanted to know y'alls experiences with them.

Thank you in advance!
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:28 PM
 
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yes, my mom and dad use nematodes religiously --- they started about 4yrs ago to control fleas that were coming from a cat loving lady who fed about 15 stray cats in her back yard ---

my parents buy them at a nursery or a feed store --- they are about $20 i believe --- i know they mix them with water and they apply them in early spring and you can also apply them again in fall --- this last time my parents bought a double dose and it is supposed to last for 1 year ---

hope this info helps...
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:29 PM
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Most garden stores stock beneficial nematodes. You should use them as often as you need them. Seriously, though, there are better times of year and better times of day to apply them, which I'm not well-versed in. The folks at Shades of Green can advise you more specifically if you don't get the answers you need here.

FWIW, nematodes are mainly good for killing pests. Your previous owners probably also used compost to improve the soil and provide nutrients to their lawn and garden.
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:22 PM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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THE LIVING SOIL: NEMATODES

Nematodes are non-segmented worms typically 1/500 of an inch (50 m) in diameter and 1/20 of an inch (1 mm) in length. Those few species responsible for plant diseases have received a lot of attention, but far less is known about the majority of the nematode community that plays beneficial roles in soil.
An incredible variety of nematodes function at several trophic levels of the soil food web. Some feed on the plants and algae (first trophic level); others are grazers that feed on bacteria and fungi (second trophic level); and some feed on other nematodes (higher trophic levels).
Free-living nematodes can be divided into four broad groups based on their diet. Bacterial-feeders consume bacteria. Fungal-feeders feed by puncturing the cell wall of fungi and sucking out the internal contents. Predatory nematodes eat all types of nematodes and protozoa. They eat smaller organisms whole, or attach themselves to the cuticle of larger nematodes, scraping away until the prey’s internal body parts can be extracted. Omnivores eat a variety of organisms or may have a different diet at each life stage. Root-feeders are plant parasites, and thus are not free-living in the soil.
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:05 AM
 
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Default Thank you!

Thanks everyone! I bet the owners do use a compost as well. This will be my first ever yard (sans my parents growing up, but all I did was pull weeds). Im really excited and can use any and all advise to keep it beautiful!

Thank you again!
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:54 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Nematodes are a small but important part of keeping the soil in good health. The only thing that I might add to the above posts is to be careful where you buy your nematodes. Go to a reputable garden supply dealer. Preferably one that specializes in organic garden supplies. I would NOT advise getting them from HD or Lowe's or the equivalent. If they are not handled properly you may be buying dead nematodes.
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Old 08-28-2008, 03:54 PM
 
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Hey, I saw the Nematodes play at Sam's Burger Joint a while back, not bad if you dig surf music : MySpace.com - The Nematoads - Surf City, Texas - Surf / Surf / Comedy - www.myspace.com/surfnematoads
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Old 08-28-2008, 06:38 PM
 
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I used them for several years with great success. Just don;t put any non-organic chemicals on the yard or it will kill the little guys.
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:33 PM
 
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What if I do not want Nematodes in my yard? What will kill them? Is there such thing as Non-beneficial Nematodes? What effect can they have on humans?
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