Chemicals used to be the answer for everything, including having a beautiful green lawn. Now we know that there is a cost to be paid for depending on those chemicals.
It affects our water supply and our food supply, and the only way to counteract that seems to result in having a weed-filled lot. However, there is a better solution: use a food byproduct called corn meal gluten as your weed killer for the lawn.
Here are five things you need to know before you give up on having a great-looking yard.
This product is good for the environment. Grinding corn produces a byproduct called corn meal gluten. This isn't a chemical; it comes from food and it's safe enough to feed animals. As a matter of fact, it's used in pet food and animal feed for animals like fish, dogs, and cows. It also acts as a pre-emergent herbicide and a natural fertilizer for your yard.
It's deadly to many weeds. Being a pre-emergent herbicide means that it kills weeds when they first start to sprout from seed. Cornmeal gluten is effective at killing a variety of weeds from crabgrass to dandelions, as well as creeping bentgrass, smartweed, redroot pigweed, purslane, lambs quarter, foxtail, barnyard grass, and Bermuda grass.
How it does this is by drying up the new root shoot of a seed. Without a healthy root, the plant doesn't stand a chance and withers away.