Nematodes for LeatherJackets have usually are sent direct from a laboratory but now you can buy Nematodes off the shelf.
Beneficial nematodes are a natural predator of many insects that live in the soil. They are naturally occurring but often on low number. In the laboratory numbers are boosted to millions so that when you use them some of the nematodes will find their prey. They are worm like but usually microscopic. They hunt down their chosen prey and burrow into them to complete their life cycle and/or injects bacteria into the pest which multiplies and kills. after killing a grub nematodes eat hem and then search for more by ‘swimming’ in the soil water. Once all the grubs are dead the nematodes die leaving no evidence of them ever being there.
Nematodes are completely safe to use and are natural and effective plant protection and cure. The each nematode species is a specific to a pest. her is some killing benefit to other pests but the three main pests need their own specific strain of parasitic worm. Treated areas can be entered straight away after application.
- Nematodes are temperature sensitive, apply between March to June or August to October. In late springs delay treatment until it is warmer.
- Before application water your soil. Use a watering can or NemaSprayer and then apply the nematode mixture.
- Nematodes thrive in moist soil at temperatures between 10-30C. The longer these temperatures last ans the soil stays moist the better the results. Resist applying in cold soils in late springs.
Nematodes for LeatherJackets
- Treats up to 100m²