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I want to start new this year without harmful chemicals and hope its not too late.  I'm in Oklahoma and my lawn is looking a little weedy this year.  I've been reading about fertilizers, corn meal gluten,  pre emergs, exc exc.  Where do I begin?  Please someone point me in the right direction!!!

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The lawn forum here might be a better place to look: http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/3.0

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The good thing about organics is that if you are starting new to organic lawn care, the first step is to do nothing.  Stop putting chemicals on the lawn and let your lawn detox.  It may look worse in the short term, but long term you should be able to get it looking as good as anyone else's lawn.

I'm in Oklahoma too and unfortunately I think it's too late for the Corn Gluten Meal to prevent weeds since a lot of the weeds have already germinated.

The best place to start is to water deeply (1" once a week) and mow high (don't bag the clippings).

You can put down some organic fertilizer that should help to green up the grass.  I hear a lot of people mention Ringer Lawn Restore.  If you are near a Do It Best hardware store that will allow you to use the ship to store option, the shipping is free.  Here is the link:  http://doitbest.com/Lawn+fertilizer+and+rose+and+garden+fertilizer-Woodstream-model-9325-doitbest-sku-734217.dib.  Otherwise you can google Ringer Lawn Restore and there are lots of websites that sell it and ship it to you.

Good luck!
 
                                      
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is there a doitbest here in oklahoma city?
 
                            
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There's one at 4825 South Shields Blvd in Oklahoma City.  I haven't been there, but next time I need to order some Ringer, I'm going to use the Ship-to-Store method and pick it up there.  Should save about $15 in shipping.
 
                                      
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always depend on a fellow okie.  thanks for the help.
 
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Did you see the big, long article at www.richsoil.com/lawn-care.jsp ??
 
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