We are now applying corn gluten to the lawns of our lawn care clients. Corn gluten is an all-natural fertilizer made from a by-product of the corn milling process. It is very beneficial for dormant and drought-stressed lawns.
When used properly, corn gluten can quickly bring back a drought-stressed lawn. It is a 9-0-0 organic fertilizer. This means that it contains 9 percent nitrogen (and no potassium or phosphorus). Nitrogen encourages rapid growth of the grass leaves.
Most of the 9 percent (8.23 percent, to be exact) is water “insoluble.” This means that the product is incapable of washing away. It remains available until the plants can use it. So when the rains return, the lawn will green up vigorously.
In Harmony uses non-GMO corn gluten, certified as organic by OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute). This makes our corn gluten even higher quality than most. We’re protecting the earth while helping your lawn.
The only after care that our clients need to do is to water it in once after application. This starts the decomposing process so that it cannot be sucked up by a lawn mower.
Some home garden products use corn gluten meal as a pre-emergent weed killer. It can help to reduce weeds by inhibiting root formation in weeds when they germinate. It does not inhibit the roots of mature plants or transplants. You can find products containing corn gluten at many quality garden stores.
Corn gluten is safe for people and pets. Due to the strong smell, some dogs can be attracted to it. It seems to be especially true if they eat dog food with corn gluten as the filler, because it smells like their food. Some dogs may be allergic to corn gluten. If this is the case, then the dog should be kept out of the product until it watered in really well.
Some animals or birds may find it curious and be slightly attracted to it. We have found that this mostly happens just after it has been applied, probably because it is bright yellow and catches their attention. Most animals will leave it alone after the initial watering when the smell disappears.