Organic options for lawn and garden care

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Feb. 19, 2016) – More and more Gardeners have started throwing out their insecticides and fungicides, making organic gardening one of the hottest home and family topics.  Garden enthusiasts interested in learning chemical free ways to manage their gardens and lawns are invited to attend a program Thursday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. “Organic Options for Lawn and Garden Care” will be presented by Keith Reed, Horticulture Educator with the Payne County Extension Office.

“When you ask random people on the street if they would prefer to maintain their garden and landscape using organic methods, the majority will likely say yes,” said Reed. “But, when you dig a little deeper and ask what kind of compromises they would be willing to accept to accomplish this goal, it becomes a little more complicated.”

In this presentation, Reed will talk about the realities a gardener faces when making the commitment to garden using only organic practices.  Can it be done?  He says "Yes!" But, he also warns that success can be elusive without a thorough understanding of the necessary systematic approach.

According to Reed, concerns over the misuse of pesticides can be valid, not only for our health, but for our environment. He is concerned, though, with the plentiful misinformation out there on organic gardening.  Reed’s goal for this presentation is to separate fact from fear and provide attendees the information they need to make their own decisions about their lawn and garden care.

Attendees will also have a chance to check out books on the subject, including:

  • "The Naturally Bug-free Garden: controlling pest insects without chemicals" by Anna Hess. Hess shows readers how to bring their garden ecosystem into balance so that beneficial insects and larger animals do the work of pest control for you.
  • "What's Wrong With My Fruit Garden?: 100% organic solutions for berries, trees, nuts, vines, and tropicals" and "What's Wrong With My Vegetable garden?: 100% organic solutions for all your vegetables, from artichokes to zucchini" both by David Deardorff. The author provides organic solutions to the most common problems when growing fruits or vegetables.
  • "How to Eradicate Invasive Plants" by Teri Dunn Chace. Chance helps readers identify weeds, how to get rid of them organically, and if there is no other solution, how safely and responsibly use chemicals.

Find more choices by going to the Help Desk or by browsing the OK Virtual Library for the many e-books we have on this topic.

This class is a part of our backyard series that has focused on various DIY projects like beekeeping, composting, and beer brewing. To attend the class, sign up on the library's website at

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 South Duck.