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Nematodes

Nematodes are microscopic worms that live in the soil. While there are many kinds that are beneficial, feeding on fungi, bacteria, and other organisms, some nematodes feed on plants. These harmful nematodes damage root systems and reducing the plant's ability to get water and nutrients from the soil. When nematode populations are large, you may see signs of their damage on your plants, like yellowing, wilting, stunting, or even death. To battle harmful nematodes, purchase plants and seed that are labeled nematode-resistant, and consider solarizing your soil during the summer prior to planting.

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