Best Weed Killer And Safest For Your Family Too
We all want to be good neighbors and have a property to be proud of, but I think having fun in our yard is just as important. How do you balance weed killing with having a safe lawn for parties and playing? The best weed killer is one that does both and corn gluten meal fits the bill perfectly. It works on crabgrass, creeping bentgrass, smartweed, dandelions, redroot pigweed, purslane, lambsquarter, foxtail, barnyard grass and Bermuda grass.
Why is it safe? Corn gluten meal is made out of food and is a powder that comes from milling corn. Not only is it useful for lawns, its other major use is in feed for many animals, including dogs, fish, and cows. Putting food on your plants is safe and sensible.
How does it work? Corn meal gluten prevents weeds; it does this by attacking and weakening the roots of new seeds. The term for this is a pre emergent. It acts like a blanket where you water it in, protecting your yard from seedling attacks. To be the best weed killer though, it needs to do even more.
What are the side effects? There is one major side effect, which is that it feeds your current plants. With a nitrogen content of about 10% and a staying power of 3 or 4 months, you’re truly getting a weed and feed. Better yet, it is a natural fertilizer and not a chemical one.
How hard is it to use? Like all yard care, it’s just a matter of giving the corn gluten meal the best chance to work. You do that by watering it into your lawn or garden at the right time for the weed you want to treat. Crabgrass sprouts in the springtime, so that’s the time to apply this herbicide. After that first watering-in, you let the surface dry out; the best weed killer works even better if the new roots have little to drink.
Is there anything that shouldn’t be done? If you keep the blanket idea in mind, you don’t want to punch holes in it. Aerating your lawn is a good idea, but not when you’re doing this weed killing. Also, since corn meal gluten kills seeds, this is not the right time to add grass seed. The same goes for flower or vegetable seeds.
How soon can people and pets use the yard? Soon is not the right word. It’s made from corn and that means no waiting for a ‘safe’ time to play. Spend your time doing some yard work, and the rest enjoying it, without waiting.
There’s nothing better than having it all: a yard that’s safe to read a book on or eat a picnic, and still be proud in how good it looks. A beautiful lawn doesn't require dangerous bags of chemicals in the shed or garage. The very best weed killer is a natural product that you can brag about instead of being ashamed of.