I bought 3 yards of mulch this summer and still have about 1.5 yards left. There must have been worm eggs in it as it is just full of nightcrawlers. I've been relocating them to the garden as I put down the mulch. But in the last two weeks I'm suddenly finding dead and dehydrated worms in the drive way. This morning I rescued more than a dozen who were headed away from the pile.
Why are they fleeing? Most seem to end up in the driveway and die before I can find them. I'm going out now on a worm rescue mission to try to get as many out as I can even if I can't put down the rest of the mulch yet. I don't want more to die before I can relocate them. Each death is a little tragedy and I hate seeing those tiny dry bodies in the drive.