I’m Bill Elzey with Showplace Lawns. What
is corn gluten and what is it used for? Corn gluten is actually a byproduct of the milling
process of cornmeal. Corn gluten is used for livestock feed. And we use it as a weed pre-emergent.
It is probably or is the only true weed and feed on the market. Its 9% nitrogen by weight
and it works as a weed pre-emergent by keeping a seed, and that’s any seed, weed seed or
whatever. A seed from forming a root. The first stage of germination is root formation.
If the seed doesn’t form a root it’s not coming up. So we use the corn gluten as a weed pre-emergent.
Have to use it several times during the fall and the winter to make sure we catch the different
weed seeds that are blowing in. Corn gluten has a life of about 30 to 32 days. We put
it out with a fertilizer spreader and then it needs to be watered in to activate and
to get it to working. As you can see it looks a lot like corn meal. It’s yellow in color.
This particular variety right here is called corn gluten spreadable, it’s designed to be
spread with a fertilizer spreader. The regular corn gluten meal as is it is a more powdery
dusty type material. Corn gluten the best weed pre-emergent for our part of the country.
We use it in September, November, December, January and February. Not necessarily all
those months but a combination through that time period are all those months, either way
works rather well. Also because of the nitrogen content the lawns that are fed with the corn
gluten for weeds will stay green through the winter. They go dormant but they stay green.
Corn gluten meal, a really good, a safe in a organic weed pre-emergent.