Note that corn gluten will, also, suppress the germination of turf grass seeds, so either plant these seeds in locations away from corn gluten application or wait four to six weeks after for its herbicidal effects to wear off.
How long after corn gluten can I fertilize?
You can plant grass seed immediately after applying corn gluten fertilizer as long as you keep the seed moist to counteract the gluten drying effect. If you applied (or plan to apply) corn gluten meal as a weed seed killer, the soil must stay as dry as possible to give the gluten a chance to work as intended.
How long is corn gluten effective?
Corn gluten meal will remain effective in soil for up to 6 weeks provided that it stays dry enough to prevent microbes from decomposing it.
When should I add corn gluten to my lawn?
For best results apply corn gluten in late April or early May and again in late August or early September for three to four consecutive years. Keep in mind this product like other pre-emergent weed killers prevents grass as well as weed seeds from sprouting.
Is corn gluten meal good for lawns?
Corn gluten meal gives the lawn a nice, natural dark green hue and seems to provide a large measure of disease resistance. So as a once-a-year fertilizer “if you can afford it” on your lawn, it’s a great product. Also, if you’re just using it as an organic fertilizer, you can reduce the rate to 10 lbs.
Does corn gluten attract rodents?
Tips for Using Corn Gluten as A Natural Weed Killer
One of the only drawbacks that I’ve seen with the corn gluten meal is that it can attract rodents. If you fear voles and mice in your garden, place some of the meal in a coffee can and add some powdered cayenne pepper. That will usually do the trick!
Does corn gluten go bad?
The product only remains effective for five to six weeks after application, so if you put it on at the wrong time, you’ll miss your window of opportunity for preventing weeds. The best time to apply corn gluten meal depends on what types of weeds you’re trying to control.
Does corn gluten meal prevent weeds?
Many people use corn gluten on their lawns, but it can be safely and effectively used in gardens as well. Using gluten cornmeal in gardens is a great way to keep weed seeds from sprouting and will not damage existing plants, shrubs, or trees.
Is cornmeal the same as corn gluten meal?
Corn meal is the whole meal unlike corn gluten which is only part of the corn meal. Corn as a grain is a mix of proteins, sugars and other carbohydrates that varies greatly depending on the cultivar and the quality of soil it was grown on.
How do I apply corn gluten meal to my lawn?
To apply corn gluten meal as a yard treatment, spread it evenly over the lawn at a rate of 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet. After applying, water your lawn lightly to activate the oils in the corn gluten meal that suppress weed growth.
Does cornmeal really stop weeds from growing?
Yellow corn meal makes great polenta, but won’t do much for weeds! University of California research has not shown CGM to be an effective weed control strategy, but in a lawn, it may work because it is high in nitrogen and will feed the lawn, making it more dense, and likely crowding out weeds.