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.
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 corn gluten meal kill grass?
Tip. Corn gluten meal will not harm grass seed at any time as long as the seed is kept moist. However, watering the corn gluten meal renders it useless as a weed seed killer.
Is corn gluten harmful to dogs?
Feeding corn gluten meal can cause your dog or cat to develop severe allergies to corn over an extended amount of time. This can manifest as severe GI and skin problems. Corn gluten meal is less nutritionally complete than meat-based proteins.
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!
How long does corn gluten meal last?
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.
How long after applying corn gluten can I seed?
After application of Corn Gluten you cannot seed your lawn for 6 weeks. The key is the timing of application. Corn Gluten should be applied in early spring, when weed seeds are dormant and before plants are actively growing. If dandelions are flowering you are too late to apply corn gluten.
How does corn gluten meal kill weeds?
Corn gluten meal works by inhibiting root formation in weeds at the time of germination. It doesn’t inhibit roots of mature plants or transplants unless it is used at a very high rate of 80 pounds/1000 sq. ft. or more. Weeds germinate and form a shoot, but no root, which prevents growth.
How does corn gluten meal kill mice?
Additionally, the corn gluten and corn cob will absorb liquids within the intestines. This causes life-threatening effects in rodents, including circulatory collapse, blood thickening, and low blood pressure. The rodents will get lethargic as they become dehydrated, causing them to return to their nests or burrows.