Organic Lawn Maintenance

Q: Does anyone have organic gardening lawn maintenance listed by month using corn gluten meal, dry molasses, etc.?

Hardiness Zone: 8a

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Thanks,

Holly from Richardson, TX

A: Holly,

Sorry, I don't know of any sources for organic lawn maintenance listed by month. According to the Texas Organic Research Center (TORC), there are two optimum times to broadcast corn gluten in North Texas. The first is from February 15 to March 15 if you want to use it as a pre-emergent against weeds like grassburs or crabgrass. The second time from September 15 to October 15 to prevent cooler winter weeds like henbit, dandelions, poa annua, rescue grass, annual blue grass and clover. The corm gluten should be applied at a rate of 15-20 lbs per 1,000 square ft. If you are applying corn gluten as a fertilizer, broadcast it in early March and again in mid September at the same rate.

Dry molasses can be broadcast as a fertilizer during any month of the year. If your lawn is healthy, you only need to apply it once per year. Apply it three times per year until it reaches the point where one application per year is sufficient. Apply it at the same rate as corn gluten (15 to 20 lbs per 1,000 square ft.)

Ellen

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January 24, 20060 found this helpful

Check into Jerry Baker online... I've not heard of the organics you mentioned, but you can leave grass clippings on the grass for soil amendment.

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January 24, 20060 found this helpful

I purchase an organic lawn fertilizer from a company called Garden's Alive. They also sell a pre-emergent weed control product (called "Wow") which contains the corn gluten you mentioned. Their phone number is 1-513-354-1482 and the website is www.GardensAlive.com. I believe the corn gluten is used for weed prevention, not the fertilizer.

In the southeast, with fescue grass, we fertilize spring and fall. I usually aerate (to break up the clay soil) in spring and/or fall, then reseed and fertilize. We also add lime once a year, since our soil is acidic.

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January 26, 20060 found this helpful

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September 24, 20070 found this helpful

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