Do you have red wigglers in your garden? If so, do they eat plant roots? This is a question that many people ask themselves. Red wiggler worms are often thought of as the best friend to plants because they aerate the soil and make it easier for water and other nutrients to reach plants' roots.
However, recent studies have shown that red wigglers might be harming your plants through their natural feeding habits. In this blog post, Simple Grow Soil will discuss all the different things that red wigglers do - both good and bad - to help you decide whether or not these earthworms should stay in your garden!
Red Wiggler Worms
Red wigglers are the most common type of worm. They can be found in many different environments, including gardens and compost piles. Red wigglers are about an inch in length and have a reddish-brown color.
Red Wigglers' Diet
One of the most important things to know about red wiggler worms is their diet, which consists primarily of decaying organic matter. They do not eat plant roots or any other living plants but instead feed off debris that bacteria and fungi have broken down over time. This means that as long as you keep your soil well-aerated through frequent composting with earthworms present (a process known as vermicomposting), then these animals will be vital for keeping your garden healthy! The nutrients from decomposing materials provide valuable minerals needed by plants while also enriching the soil itself with nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus.
Red Wigglers and Plant Health
Red wigglers do indeed consume some plant roots, but only when they have access to nothing else! Studies have shown that worms will prefer herbaceous plants (such as dandelions) over woody ones (like oak or maple trees). When soil conditions are not optimal for the growth of these herbs, then earthworms like red wiggler worms may crawl up into a tree's leaves or branches in search of something more delicious. If this does happen, do not worry - prune back any affected foliage before it can spread too far. Remember: if you take care to provide your garden with all the proper nutrients through good composting practices and make sure your plants have enough space to grow, you will never need to worry about your red wigglers eating their roots.
Red Wiggler Lifespan
The red wiggler has been documented to live for approximately two years. However, this lifespan can vary, and the red wiggler may die from lack of water or food, overcrowding in an area of your garden that is too small to accommodate their population growth, predation by other animals such as raccoons or skunks (or even humans), extreme cold weather leading to hibernation issues - which will eventually lead to death by starvation if not resettled back into a more hospitable environment soon enough - or poor soil conditions due to drought.
It's essential when you're keeping these earthworms alive long-term for gardening purposes that you keep them isolated from predators like dogs and cats who might be looking for a snack! These tiny creatures need some extra care because they won't stay where you put them - they're not like rat or mouse bait and won't stay in a place for you.
Maintaining an established population of red wigglers can do wonders for your gardening efforts, as these creatures are vital to the natural breakdown process that makes it possible for plants to grow healthy from their nutrient-rich composting excretion! In addition, these critters also aerate your soil, which helps improve water retention while keeping away pesky weeds from competing with your garden's crops!
One popular misconception is that red wigglers eat plant roots; this isn't entirely true. They may feed on root hairs if left unchecked by weeding out problem areas before they become too large and cause damage. It's pretty rare, though, because most people find such places before they get out of hand.
What these creatures do eat are harmful fungi and bacteria that can infect your plants if left unchecked--and this is where red wigglers come into their own as the ultimate plant's best friend! They're also a great bargain for all you gardeners on a budget because they require little maintenance to keep them alive, other than giving them food now and then.
How To Care For Red Wiggler Worms
One of the best ways to care for red wiggler worms is to provide them with composting materials, like leaves and garden waste. Then, they will do the hard work of turning this into rich worm castings for you!
Another way is by providing plenty of food--either in a container or on top of your soil--to keep their appetites satisfied. You can also add a handful or two onto your existing dirt every few weeks if they're not getting enough nutrients from what's already available.
Red wigglers are part-time workers that help plants thrive while being gentle on budgets, so make room for these little guys in your garden today!