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Posted by @crawgarden on
Use corn gluten for pre-emergence control.

I use corn gluten for pre-emergence control of crabgrass and dandelions and other weeds. After approximately 3-4 years, I now have about 85-90% control of my weeds.

The corn gluten is applied right around the time that lilacs are budding out, typically April to May, depending on your zone. I apply it using a Scotts drop feeder at a setting of 7.5 (about 20 pounds per 1000sq); the corn gluten provides about 8-10% nitrogen. Additionally, I will make an application in August and late September.

It will not kill existing weeds. Instead, it acts as a pre-emergent. Lightly water it. Sometimes it will smell like fermentation for beer (some may like the smell!).

If you are counting on volunteers in your garden, be careful as the pre-emergence function works very well.

Corn gluten is a by-product of corn milling and shows no health risk to animals and humans. I get it from my feed store.

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Comments and Discussion
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Corn meal or flour as a possible substitute? by LysmachiaMoon Feb 18, 2018 12:11 PM 9
Best Place to Purchase? by DogsNDaylilies Feb 15, 2018 12:35 PM 15
I use this!!! by flaflwrgrl Sep 1, 2016 11:00 AM 4
Corn Gluten by crawgarden Aug 31, 2016 5:23 PM 0
Untitled by GoatDriver Aug 31, 2016 4:36 PM 3

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