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Category: Corn Gluten Meal

How to Kill Dandelions Without Chemicals

May 13, 2014 by Alec McClennan

They pop up every year at this time and are a sure sign that spring is here. With an all natural approach (like Good Natures) you can expect to have a few dandelions, but you should have far less than you would if you werent treating the lawn at all. Read on for some tips to minimize dandelions without using traditional chemicals. Tip #1: Use Corn Gluten Meal Use an organic fertilizer that feeds the soil and may help minimize new weed germination, like Corn Gluten Meal. Corn Gluten Meal is an excellent slow release natural fertilizer that that contains about 9% Nitrogen as a protein. In addition, Corn Gluten Meal has been shown to suppress new seed germination to some degree. That means that it will help minimize new seeds from turning into plants. Your soil has thousands of weed seeds just waiting for an opportunity to sprout and Corn Gluten Meal can help reduce their chances of sprouting. Note: If you have a lot of dandelions one year, and then you apply Corn Gluten Meal the next spring,

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, Corn Gluten Meal, Organic Weed Control, Dandelion

Quackgrass... Do not Call me Crabgrass

April 25, 2013 by Alec McClennan

Quackgrass is a weedy grass that probably gets its feelings hurt every time someone refers to it as crabgrass. Crabgrass gets all the glory. Its understandable to confuse quackgrass for crabgrass because they have some similar characteristics, a coarse leaf blade and lime green color that causes it to look different from the rest of the lawn. Heres a picture of Quackgrass taken this spring. If you see something that looks like crabgrass in the early spring in the midwest, you can be almost 100% sure that it isnt true crabgrass. Old Fashioned Tall Fescue is another grass that commonly is confused with crabgrass. Who cares whether its crabgrass, Tall Fescue or quackgrass you ask? Its still ugly and you still dont want it right? Well, it matters because if you dont know what type of grass youre dealing with, its difficult to know how to eliminate it. For example, pretend you see quackgrass in your lawn and assume its crabgrass, you might decide to apply a natural pre-emergent crabgrass

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, Corn Gluten Meal, Weeds, Crabgrass

Can I Seed if I Applied Corn Gluten Meal?

April 11, 2013 by Alec McClennan

We get this question a lot. You want to apply corn gluten meal to help feed your lawn and discourage weeds like crabgrass from germinating but you have some bare spots that youd like to seed. What to do? In my experience, Corn Gluten Meal seems to allow perennial grasses to sprout more easily than annual weeds. I have no idea why thats the case. But, it means that it is generally ok to seed spots in your lawn even if you have put down corn gluten meal. For best seeding results, Id recommend applying the corn gluten meal over your entire lawn and then going around to the bare spots in your lawn and seeding them with a spot seeding mix like our Pro Mix Lawn Patch Repair Seed. It contains a blend that will tolerate sun or shade pretty well and get established quickly. In addition, it has recycled newspaper fibers that help hold water near the seed AND a special polymer gel that keeps everything from washing away. Its a great choice for fixing bare patches in your lawn. Note: If youve renovated

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, Grass Seed, Lawn Tips, Organic Fertilizer, How To, Corn Gluten Meal

Another Reason I Don't Like Lawn Chemicals

April 08, 2013 by Alec McClennan

It finally felt like spring this past weekend and it was great to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. The only downside of this time of year is the spring lawn chemical applications everyone puts down. One of my big pet peeves is walking through the neighborhood and trying to figure out which lawn is producing the chemical smell so that we can try to avoid it. In the picture below, youll notice big piles of fertilzier / weed preventer AND a huge amount of bare spots. Chemical Pre Emergent Weed Killer and Fertilizer Application This photo bothers me for a few reasons, here they are: 1. It Smells The area just stunk of chemicals. Its hard to tell my 3 year old (notice the caped biker up ahead) to stop breathing as he rolls by. Chemicals can enter your system through inhalation, so it isnt crazy to try to hold your breath as you walk by lawns treated with chemicals. Kids are more susceptible to the issues these chemicals cause too. 2. It Follows You Home The sidewalk

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, Perennial Ryegrass, Tips, Spring Lawn Tips, Snow Mold, Lawn Tips, Applying Fertilizer, How To, Corn Gluten Meal

Choosing a Spring Lawn Fertilizer

March 28, 2013 by Alec McClennan

So the snow is melting and the birds are flying. The lawn isnt looking so hot and youre concerned about getting something on there to help get it going and prevent the much dreaded crabgrass from sprouting. What to do? Below is a standard Pre Emergent Crabgrass Control and fertilizer. It covers 13,000 square feet for $45. Problems Spreading Traditional Lawn Fertilizers The fertilizer pictured above contains something called a Pre-Emergent which kills seeds before they can become plants and in doing so prevents annual weeds, like crabgrass from getting well established. In order to do this, the chemical forms a blanket over your lawn that lasts for about 2-4 months and kills weeds as they sprout. Sounds great, but who wants to be rolling around on a blanket of chemicals all summer? Another issue with traditional fertilizers is that youre more likely to get striping like you see below, or burn spots. Consider An Organic Fertilizer Alternative This year, why not skip the chemical

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, Lawn Tips, Organic Fertilizer, Applying Fertilizer, How To, Corn Gluten Meal
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