Last year, I used corn gluten to hopefully dent the of invasion of crabgrass in my lawn. I knew based on my conversations with Professor Christians, the inventor of corn gluten as an herbicide that it would take three years to rid my lawn of the ugly looking “wanna be” grass. After speaking to the Professor, I became a corn gluten believer and I was ready to take the corn gluten plunge. I was not a pesticide type of gal.
Professor Christian gave me detailed instructions how to properly use the corn gluten as delineated in my article, “Corn Gluten: Can Animal Feed K’O Crabgrass?.” Did I follow them? Well, not really. The first rule I broke was when to apply it, which is when the forsythia is blooming. Due to spring break, I ended applying the corn gluten after the forsythia was in full bloom. Corn gluten has a lot of nitrogen in it so my lawn at least benefited from it. The weeds were sending me thank you notes too since corn gluten does not kill perennial weeds.
Secondly, I used animal feed predominately made out of corn gluten since it was half the price. After I applied the corn gluten I smelled like chicken soup and was covered in yellow dust. Did it hurt that I used animal feed versus pellets? Who knows since I applied it at the wrong time.
This year the price of animal feed corn gluten skyrocketed and increased almost $5 a bag. I paid $26.00 for a 50 pound bag and pellet corn gluten was about $40 a bag. Due to the cost, we ended up buying the animal feed and vowed we would apply it at the right time.
I kept seeing forsythia at the local gardening shops and they were blooming. This made me very nervous that I was going to be late again. I even checked in with my friend if her forsythia had bloomed yet. I felt like an expectant mother. Was it time yet?
This time I think I timed it better and used better settings on my spreader when applying the corn gluten. Plus, I was not covered with as much yellow dust this go around. We ended up running out and went to the local gardening store to buy Concern’s Weed Prevention Plus, a pellet corn gluten product, which was on sale.
Once you go pellets, you never go back. I absolutely loved the pellets and would highly recommend them. They pour out of the spreader easily and gave me better coverage. With the animal feed, every time I turned a corner, a huge pile of animal feed would fall out of the spreader. The best part is I did not look like I had come out of a dust storm!
This summer, I will have to check to see if it mattered if I used the animal feed versus the pellets. I did notice the crows eating something. I was hoping it was not my pellets since many are still visible. Last year, my crabgrass came out in droves late summer. I will update this article to let you know how I made out this year.
Just remember, corn gluten will prevent new grass seed from growing too. You have to wait 6 weeks after application to seed.
I have become a pellet convert and will be looking for bulk sales next year. Someone else can smell like chicken soup.
If anyone knows who has great sales and low freight charges, let me know. I need about 20 50 lb bags.
Until then I hope I hear from my crabgrass, “I am melting…” like the Wicked Witch of the West.