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You may think those wiggly worms in your soil are helping your garden, but not so fast. Some species of earthworms, such as the Jumping Worm, can negatively impact soil and plant health. Why? Because Jumping Worms feast on organic matter in the soil, ultimately depriving plants of vital nutrients. As the soil loses nutrients, it becomes less dense and more like coffee grounds. The result? Plants struggle to thrive and soil erosion becomes a threat.
Jumping Worms can be identified by their smooth appearance and light-colored band.
Currently, there is little information on how to manage the spread of jumping worms. For this reason, prevention is recommended in ensuring the health of our soil and plants. Here are a few ways you can help prevent the spread of Jumping Worms.
More information on the Jumping Worm and other invasive species can be found at the University of Minnesota Extension.
To turn sap into syrup you'll need space to store lots of sap, a propane stove, time, and some basic equipment.
Eager for Spring? Making maple syrup in your backyard is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while you're waiting for the snow and ice to melt. Step one: collect the sap.
The patio is one of the most important features of your outdoor living area. It’s important to plan carefully, choose the right materials, and above all, build a compact and secure base before installing pavers, stone, or concrete.