How to Move Worms to a New Location in a Garden


Worms are beneficial to a garden. They break down organic matter, such as leaves, into fine particles that plants can use much like a fertilizer to provide valuable nutrients. Worms also mix the soil, bringing deeper soil closer to the surface and shallow soil to deeper parts of your garden. Having lots of worms in your garden is a sign that you have or will have very good soil for your plants to thrive. If you want to improve your soil, you can move worms to a new location in your garden.

Step 1

Wait until after a rainstorm to gather your worms, which move up to the surface to avoid drowning. Hunt for them in piles of leaves, dirt and compost. Look around your lawn as well as on hard surfaces, such as sidewalks and driveways.

Step 2

Pick up the worms on the surface with your hands. Grab them tight enough that you don't lose them, but not so tight that your bruise or split them in two.

Step 3

Turn over leaf, dirt or compost piles to reveal more worms. If the compost or leaves are decomposed enough to use in your garden, shovel out heaps with the worms inside and move directly to your garden to spread around your plants, if desired. Otherwise, pick up the worms that you now see after turning the piles over and place them in your bucket.

Step 4

Create your own haven for worms if you don't already have a good location to gather worms. Spread a half-inch layer of dirt on your sidewalk, patio or another flat area that is level and directly next to your garden or yard. Lay a piece of carpet on top. Keep the soil and carpet moist, and when you need worms, simply look under the carpet and gather some. There should be a few there.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Shovel
  • Trowel
  • Carpet
  • Water


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Melissa Lewis has been a professional writer since 2005. Her work has appeared in various online publications. A former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist, Lewis is also a script writer, with a movie script, "Homecoming," she co-wrote currently in production. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.