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Foliar nematode questions

  • Subject: Foliar nematode questions
  • From: HMinnesota@aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2003 00:19:26 EDT

A friend has nematodes.

1)  So far she has dug up the infected hostas and also dug some of the soil 
surrounding them.  She has the black plastic bag with the soil and hostas in it 
hopefully cooking out on a concrete street with temps of 85 degrees outside - 
direct sun.  She hopes to at least cook the nematodes so she can dispose of 
the soil somewhere - nematode free.  Will this work?  I know the temps need to 
get up to around 120 degrees when soaking hostas in water to kill nematodes.  
Most garbage companies do not want to take lots of soil.  Yard compost 
collection companies will not want infected plants and all of us want to eliminate or 
reduce these worms.

2)  If a person is working in an infected area of the garden, what steps 
should be taken?

a)  soak shoe bottoms in some bleach or something before moving to another 
part of the garden?

b)  Soak all tools and hands in bleach.

Where is a good place to dispose of bleach and things?

Thanks in advance.

Tom

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