Burrowed mounds in Bermuda

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Date Photo Taken: Feb 2012
Location: Next to Sawnee Mountain, Georgia
Posted By: W4SDR


These burrowed mounds in our Bermuda grass appeared overnight. The excavated dirt resembles tailings from a lathe. Thanks for looking, and please post your idea.



  1. Bobby Unregistered says:

    I’ve seen night crawler activity very heavy in lawns this winter. The warm & moist soil conditions in West Georgia have promoted an explosion in earthworm populations. One centipede lawn looked like it had been topdressed! That is what I think you are seeing. See this link

    March 5th, 2012 at 8:24 pm
  2. Tom Unregistered says:

    I collected a mound, and washed away the dirt.
    I let the remnants dry, then placed them under a scope. It looked a lot like the earthworm casings in your link.

    Excellent analysis! I think I’ll be happy with too many worms for now. Could be worse!


    March 8th, 2012 at 5:09 pm
  3. jkbreuer Registered says:

    Yep I agree with Bobby. These are worm castings.

    March 14th, 2012 at 2:42 pm
  4. Bob Unregistered says:

    I disagree with the worm/nitecrawler idea. The soil is granular with a hole hidden underneath about 1/4 in. in diameter. The nound is conical, up to an inch high and an inch or two in diameter for really large ones. About the size of a tiger beetle immature hole. It is in primarily Bermuda grass, but also in areas that are fescue.

    April 28th, 2013 at 2:39 pm
  5. Larry Breeland Unregistered says:

    I really don’t care if it is earthworms or beetles, I want a suggested poison that will kill both. I have added worm to my yard for years but never have I experienced the yard being turned to mud since I had it re-sodded with Zoyzia two years ago. Either I get rid of this mess – or I must do away with grass. Please advise.


    December 4th, 2013 at 2:16 pm
  6. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Reduce earthworm activity: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/O&T/lawn/note125/note125.html

    December 7th, 2013 at 11:23 am

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