Thursday, April 25, 2013

Prevent Weeds, Organically

Weeds got you down?  Crabgrass cramping your lawn's style? Redroot Pigweed grows taller than your tomatoes? Trying not to use chemicals in your garden?

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My personal replies: Yes, yes, yes and yes!  Did you say yes too? Well don't give up hope!  This year I'm applying CORN GLUTEN by Preen as a pre-emergent (sort of... keep reading) to prevent weeds from keeping me from enjoying the garden. 

Here is the 4-1-1 on Corn Gluten or CG:

  • CG is a natural by-product of processing corn. 
  • CG has a nutrient content or N-P-K of 10-0-0.
  • CG is not a true pre-emergent, in that weed seeds begin to germinate. But as the seed coat opens, the nitrogen in CG burns the seed and it dies.
  • Apply CG to your lawn when you see the bright yellow of Forsythia.  This is the magical time when Crabgrass is beginning to germinate.  Applications beyond Forsythia time actually feed Crabgrass- yikes!
  • You can apply CG every 4 weeks or so through the summer to your veggie and flower gardens to keep the weeds at bay.
  • CG does NOT kill existing weeds, so get in there and yank them out.

I mean, have you ever thought, "I love to weed!"?

Doubt it.

Now go get yourself some Corn Gluten from Preen right now, just click HERE!


  1. Hi Julie, I love your posts. So interesting and informative. Just wondering...If corn gluten is a by-product of corn processing, will it attract wild birds to feed upon it?

  2. Thank you Pam, and great question! Wild birds will be poking around the lawn and garden no matter what this spring. They may be attracted to fresh corn gluten. If you want to avoid that attraction, apply right before a rain. This is the preferred application anyway. You want the CG to get make solid contact with the soil where weed seeds will be germinating.