Nematodes, also known as roundworms, can be a microscopic problem living in your soil. They are transparent and unsegmented worms. This blog post will discuss how to manage nematodes in your backyard garden.
The best treatment for nematodes is prevention! Practicing crop rotation from year to year is essential.
Simply tilling the soil over multiple times throughout the fall and winter months can help to prevent these infestations.
Adding in new organic matter (compost) when you replant helps to keep nematodes at bay.
Burn & turn is a term used commonly to get rid of these types of pests in the soil. When your soil is empty of vegetative growth, turn your soil and use a flame thrower to burn the top layer of the soil. If you do not have a flame thrower you can use a dark color plastic sheet to cover over the summer months to heat the temperature of the soil up to a high enough temperature to kill the nematodes.
Plants to Especially Watch:
Virtually any plant can be susceptible to these nematodes since they dwell in the soil!