If I may be so bold, I might start a thread with a title like this as yardwork will start to become a fact of life for us soon (thankfully... I actually enjoy yard work). Last year was my first year of being more organic with my lawn, thanks mostly to suggestions here. I did the corn gluten as a preemergent in March (a little late) and October, and man, did I see a big reduction in winter weeds this year. Isn't February the time to be thinking about putting down corn gluten? One other question regarding a tree. Unfortunately, I suspect that the builders planted a young oak tree too low, at least based on what little I know about trees. The trunk doesn't really "flare" too much, although I've tried to dig around the trunk to lower the ground. My tree just doesn't look very good. It hasn't had leaves growing at the top for a while now, and it just doesn't look healthy (it's alive, but it's not healthy). Should I consider pruning the branches toward the top that haven't had leaf growth for some time? Any other suggestions. Hope others post on this. There's some people on this site that really know how to take care of their yards.