Using Corn Gluten in the Spring
What is Corn Gluten Organic Weed Preventer?
Don’t worry, it’s not the food ingredient everyone’s trying to avoid! In this case, “Gluten Free” is NOT the goal! Corn Gluten is an all-natural by-product of the production of corn starch. It prevents the establishment of weeds and supplies a source of organic nitrogen. Nitrogen promotes green growth in lawns and the nitrogen in corn gluten is slow released and long-lasting.
Corn gluten prevents the roots of seedling weeds from developing. Without root formation, the weed dies from a lack of water since roots deliver water to the rest of the weed. Meadows Farms recommends Espoma Organic Weed Preventer plus Lawn Food. It should be applied at the rate of 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet. It is important to follow the application rate listed on the bag, using a broadcast spreader to make sure you get even coverage. Apply corn gluten before a rain or water in after application. Application should be done during times of seed germination. Seeds are germinating early this year since we have had such a mild winter. Another application in the fall will help control dandelions. Corn gluten will not kill weeds that are already growing
Espoma Organic Weed Preventer plus Lawn Food controls 23 types of weeds. It is recommended to apply on a regular schedule. Long term studies show increased weed control if it is applied twice annually. Do not use corn gluten if you are seeding or over-seeding your lawn.
Corn gluten can be used in planting beds to help control weeds. It is completely natural and is safe to use around children and pets