Experience with corn gluten meal?

berry-nut(4b-SouthWestWI)February 13, 2009

Hi All

I was wondering if anyone has experience using corn gluten meal as a pre emergent? I have read alot on the net but it is nice to hear real testamonials. I am interested to know if it will work on strawberries or if it might mess with the runners.

Thanks in advance

Jake

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budb(8b)

Jake
I was given a sample bag a few years ago. I could see no
benefit for weed control. I would rate it a 0 or less .
It attracted ants by the millions and may have even had a
fertilizer effect on the weeds.
Bud

    Bookmark   February 13, 2009 at 9:11PM
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thosedarnsqurls(Up-State NY 5)

Hi Jake.

I used it one year in my veggie garden, as I try to be chemical free in there, at least.

I found it was only good short term. (Like real short term. A couple of weeks at best) and I had to keep re-applying.

For my strawberries I just weed the bed real good in spring and immediately put down a nice thick layer of mulch. If you want to skip the weeding part,.few layers thick of newspaper and mulch on top of that works, too.

Dawn

    Bookmark   February 13, 2009 at 10:06PM
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berry-nut(4b-SouthWestWI)

Thanks for the quick response!
Bud, I have read that if applied after seeds germinate it indeed helps them as cgm is 10% nitrogen, so in fact anything growing will be fertilized. Dawn, we do the weeding often and I was just hoping to find something less time intensive. What I found online is that you need to lay down 30-40 lbs per 1000 ft and to apply it every 4 weeks or more often if it rains.
I appreciate your thoughts
Thanks!
Jake

    Bookmark   February 13, 2009 at 10:57PM
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budb(8b)

Use it if you must, but anything else would be more effective
and last longer.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2009 at 8:27PM
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