Corn Gluten Meal Fertilizer is a product made from Corn, which is also to the soil as granules. As soon as the corn gluten breaks down, it releases a high level of nitrogen.
It also creates a thin barrier over the soil, due to which it is made to be an effective pre-emergent weed control.
It is mainly used in lawn, but even desired plants have emergence, its can also be used in the vegetable gardens. Corn gluten releases nitrogen from one to four months.
Corn gluten is a powdery by product of the corn milling process. Which is basically used as a supplement in hog feed.Corn gluten has become a common organic alternative for chemically derived herbicide.It can be effective as a pre-emerging herbicide, which is used to control crabgrass and other lawn weeds.It also has fertilizing properties. Corn gluten contains about 10 percent nitrogen.
How Does Corn Gluten Work?
Corn gluten does not prevent weed seeds from germinating, but it prevents seeds from forming roots after germination. This means that applications must be given very carefully timed.
When corn gluten is applied correctly time, the stem is germinated in the seed of crabgrass, but the roots are not produced, plants will die. Provided is a short dry period after seed germination.
If conditions are too wet immediately after seed germination, then weed can recover and establish a root properly.
Time to experiment: –
1. Corn Gluten is useful only as a pre-emergent herbicide.
2. It does not provide control over the emerging weed.
3. Crabgrass and other weed seeds have already germinated and produce roots.
4. late use of Corn gluten will only act as fertilizer for the weed.
5. Applications of corn gluten require timed around rainfall or watering.
6. Applications of corn gluten needs to be watered in, either by rainfall or by artificial watering, within five days of application.
7. Approximately 1/4 inch rainfall or a comparable artificial watering is ideal for this.
8. Dry period of 1 or 2 days is required to prevent weed seedling that have germinated from growing roots.
In other words, Corn gluten required water after application, but a dry period is then required in order for germinated seeds to have their root production inhibited.
Benefits of Corn Gluten Fertilizers: –
1. Corn gluten binds food and release water. Which takes advantage of a landscape in the dry areas of the year.
2. It is also an excellent source of nitrogen.
3. It is more resistant to weed attack than an under-fertilized site in a healthy lawn or landscape.
Poonam Singh, M.Sc.(Bio-Chemistry), Content writer, Self Shiksha, Lcoatips, Candidviews, Quikpills and Former Research Director at NEEW