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Mowing Your Lawn

Mowing is an important part of keeping your lawn healthy and attractive. Before starting, make sure your mower's in good working order, with a sharp blade. Only mow when the lawn is dry. Pick up rocks, sticks, and other debris that could hurt the mower—or you. Never take more than a third of the grass blade off, and mow in a different direction every time the lawn is cut, to prevent wear pattenrs and reduce the chances of scalping. Lastly, leave the grass clippings behind, as they're good for your lawn.


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