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How to Get Rid of Nematodes


If you by any chance are one of the home-gardeners and enjoy planting various vegetables, fruits and herbs in your home’s backyard then chances are you’ve come across plant or soil nematodes.

If you’ve battled what can only be known as a nematode infestation, you probably know how annoying and frustrating it is to work so hard on planning your veggies and not having them thrive as you want them to. If you have, rest assured you’re not alone.

For all those affected, today we’re talking about all the different ways we can get rid of the nematode infestation, permanently. Before we dive right into it though, here’s a little information about the nematodes themselves.

About Nematodes

Un-segmented roundworms, the nematodes are essentially a type of an earthworm. Closely related to the true, segmented worm, the nematodes have smoother, multi-cellular bodies. Nematodes are one of the most prevalent species of worms on the planet – there are literally thousands, even hundreds of thousands of varieties of nematodes species – all of them with different affects on humans, animals and plants.

Some nematode species are actually considered beneficial – especially to some plants. While others are called plant parasites and justifiably so – these nematodes can cause a significant amount of harm to the plants themselves.

Nematodes can cause:

  • Injured root tips

  • Leave distortion or twisting

  • Root galls or root knots

  • Root or plant lesions

  • Extreme root branching.

Nematodes can either cause harm to the plants, vegetables and fruits from the outside i.e. by eating or distorting their flesh and surfaces, or they can burrow deep inside the plant tissue and cause growth troubles instead.  That’s not all though, nematodes can also act as bacteria or virus vectors, carrying with them various viral and bacterial diseases that they can inject into the plants and thus cause various disease infestations that harm both plants and humans.

There are a number of ways to get rid of nematodes, permanently. However, all of them are continuous, laborious and long-term treatments that need consistency over a significant amount of time.

Getting Rid of Nematodes – Permanently

Do a Timely Crop Rotation

Of all the plants, veggies, flowers and other crops, there are some that are just a little more sensitive than most. Thus these are also the ones that are more susceptible to a nematode attack. The plants that are commonly attacked and affected at their roots by nematodes include:

  • Carrots

  • Lettuce

  • Potatoes

  • Tomatoes

  • Cherry tomatoes

Other plants that are injured and attacked on the outside on either their leaves or the steams include:

  • Alfalfa

  • Onions

  • Chrysanthemums

  • Rye

While the above mentioned crops are those that are susceptible to a nematode attack, there are also quite a few of those that are completely resistant to them. Plants such as collards, sweet corn, asparagus, and broccoli are the plants that remain unaffected in a nematode infestation, in fact, they help fight it.

To avoid having your crops destroyed by nematodes time and time again, do a timely crop rotation. As in, plant a nematode resistant crop before you plant a nematode susceptible one to decrease the amount of nematodes in the soil.

Use Natural Nematicides

Chemical worm killers, though there aren’t many in the market that are specifically made for battling nematodes, can actually prove quite harmful for the plants and humans as well. As such, it’s recommended that you use biological or natural nematicides that can be used to kill and eliminate nematode infestation from your vegetable garden.

Clean Up Before Re-plantations (Soil Tillage)

Most farmers fail to completely remove the root remnant and plant debris from the yard before they plant the next rotation of crops. This leaves nematodes within the soil, available and ready to infect the next set of plants that try and grow in your yard. This is often the reason why farmers result in infested crop yield after yield regardless of rotating their crops.

Once harvested, it’s essential to completely clean up the soil before considering a re-plantation. Remove the dead plants, roots and leaves, till the soil, water it, re-mulch and fertilize to add some strength to the soil and then think about re-planting a new crop.

Solarise the Soil

Once you’ve invested your time in soil tillage and have readied your land for another round of crop planting, take a couple of weeks and solarise the soil. Solarizing is a process that involves spreading a plastic sheet atop of the freshly tilled soil. This causes an excess of sun, heat and air exposure to the nematodes effectively killing them all. This method is not only tried and tested, having proven effective, it’s actually a method that is completely chemical safe and harmless – to the humans, animals and the plants.

Let the Marigolds Rise

If you find yourself struggling to cope with a nematode infestation, consider investing in planting a round of Marigolds in your garden. The beautiful flowers are actually significantly adept at eliminating nematode populations from any and all gardening lands. Varieties such as the petite harmony or the petite gold are particularly beneficial for plant growth and equally as harmful for the nematodes.

Plant a Marigold in equal rows between your crops – be sure to leave enough room for weeding – and you should get rid of your nematode problem in no time.

Solutions Pest & Lawn Has All The Top Products For Nematode Control

One of the best ways to get rid of nematodes are professional insecticides and we have one of the best products out there to eliminate nematodes: Nimitz Pro G Nematicide. Simply apply according to label directions and nematodes will be gone in no time.

For more helpful pest control advice, log onto our website to set up a live chat, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or give us a phone call at 800-479-6583.



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