Early Bird

Manufacturer: Ocean Organics


Research indicates that tea seed meal, a natural byproduct of tea oil manufacture containing natural surfactants called saponins, is effective for expelling earthworms and suppressing casting on playing surfaces. The mode of action is similar to that of mowrah meal, a mainstay for managing earthworms on golf courses a century ago. Tea seed meal has been formulated into an organic fertilizer (Early Bird 3-0-1) suitable for use on fairways and putting greens.

Most of the casting problems on North American golf courses are caused by non-native, invasive earthworm species. Saponin-rich natural products such as tea seed meal have promise as an alternative to off-label use of synthetic pesticides for alleviating the problems caused by excessive earthworm casts on low-cut playing surfaces.

View the product label for suggested application rates

Available in:
2x2.5 gallon case
50 Pound bag

Liquid Label (PDF)
Liquid MSDS (PDF)
Granular Label (PDF)
Granular MSDS (PDF)

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