Do you have green balls in your soil? If so, don’t worry – you’re not alone! These little guys are actually a pretty common sight, and they’re nothing to be concerned about.
In this blog post, we will discuss what green balls are, what causes them to form, and how to get rid of them if necessary. Stay tuned for more information!
What Are The Green Balls in My Soil?
The green balls in your soil are likely insect eggs, fruits, or small fertilizer balls. Insect eggs are the most common cause, as many insects lay their eggs in soil – especially if the soil is rich in nutrients.
There’s no need to panic if you see green balls in your soil. In most cases, they’re nothing to be concerned about. However, if you’re unsure of what they are or you want to get rid of them, we recommend consulting with a professional. I will now give an overview of each of these potential causes:
1) Insect Eggs
As we mentioned, insect eggs are the most common cause of green balls in soil. Many different types of insects lay their eggs in the soil, including beetles, moths, wasps, and flies.
The egg itself is usually white or light-colored, but it is surrounded by a green or brown casing. This casing is made of a hard material that protects the egg from predators and the elements.
How to Remove Green Insect Eggs from Soil?
As you may expect, it’s a good idea to get rid of these eggs before they have a chance to hatch. If you don’t, you could end up with a LOT of insects in your yard or inside your house.
Simply scrape the eggs off of the soil and dispose of them far away from your home. To really remove any potential threat, you can also treat your soil with an insecticide.
Neem oil is a great natural option that is safe to use around children and pets. It’s an organic, biodegradable insecticide that works to kill eggs, larvae, and adult insects.
How to Prevent Green Insects from Laying Eggs?
Prevention is better than cure, as they say! To prevent insects from laying eggs in your soil, there are a few things you can do:
- Keep your yard clean and free of debris. Insects love to hide in clutter, so removing it will make your yard less attractive to them
- Trim back any overgrown plants or weeds. These provide a perfect hiding spot for insects, so keeping them under control will help deter them from your yard
- Treat your soil with an insecticide on a regular basis. This will create a barrier that will prevent eggs from being laid in the first place
2) Fertilizer Balls
Another potential cause of green balls in your soil is fertilizer. Many commercial fertilizers come in small, round pellets that are easy to spread evenly over a large area.
These pellets are usually made of organic materials like manure, compost, and bone meal. They slowly release nutrients into the soil as they break down, which helps to promote plant growth.
If you think your green balls might be fertilizer pellets, simply check the label of the product you used. It will likely say if it contains small pellets or granules.
Should I Remove Fertilizer Balls from Soil?
Fertilizer balls are not harmful to your soil or plants, so there’s no need to remove them. In fact, they can actually be beneficial!
As we mentioned, fertilizer pellets slowly release nutrients into the soil as they break down. This helps to promote plant growth and keep your soil healthy.
If you’re concerned about the appearance of the balls in your soil, you can simply remove the fertilizer balls and use a different method to apply the fertilizer. For example, you could use a liquid fertilizer instead.
These fruits can fall from the plant and roll into the soil, where they may become hidden among the leaves and dirt. If you have a fruit tree or vine in your yard, it’s possible that these green balls are simply fallen fruits.
To confirm this, simply take a closer look at the green balls in your soil. If they are soft and have a wrinkled surface, they are probably fruits.
If you don’t want animals to eat the fallen fruit and spread seeds around your yard, you can remove them from the soil. Otherwise, you can leave them be and let nature take its course!
How to Find Out What the Green Balls Are?
If you’re still not sure what the green balls in your soil are, there are a few things you can do to find out.
First, take a closer look at the balls and see if you can identify any patterns. Are they all the same size? Do they have the same color or texture?
Next, try to determine where the balls are coming from. Are they all in one area of your yard, or are they spread out?
Finally, think about what else is going on in your yard that could be causing the green balls. Have you recently applied any fertilizer or pesticides? Are there any fruit trees or vines nearby?
Answering these questions will help you narrow down the possibilities and figure out what the green balls in your soil are.
When fertilizer balls are squeezed, the hard casing cracks and a type of salt excretes. Insect eggs are more rubbery to the touch, and cracking the egg will usually result in insects spilling out.
If you have any concerns about the substance, contact your local cooperative extension office for assistance in identifying it.
In conclusion, the green balls in your soil are most likely insect eggs, fertilizer pellets, or fallen fruits. If you want to get rid of them, simply scrape them off of the soil and dispose of them far away from your home.
As you can see, there are a few different potential causes of green balls in your soil. In most cases, they are nothing to worry about and can be easily removed.
If you’re concerned about the presence of these green balls, simply check for signs of insects or fertilizer pellets. If you don’t see any, chances are they’re just fallen fruits.
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.