Checklist: Do this fall yard work now, reap benefits next spring

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Keep mowing through the fall. Shorter grass is more resistant to diseases and traps fewer falling leaves. Cutting the grass low allows more sun to reach the crown of the grass, so less leaf will turn brown in the winter. Courtesy photo
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Autumn is no time to ignore a home’s lawn and landscape. “What you do now will determine the quality of your family yard next spring and summer,” Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, said. OPEI is an international trade association representing power equipment, small engine, utility vehicle, golf car and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. “People know to plant flower bulbs in the fall, but this time of year is perfect for mowing, mulching, aerating, trimming and patching your yard,” Kiser said. “You might use a lawn mower to trim the grass, mulch the leaves or pull an aerator attachment around your yard. Leaf blowers can help corral those troublesome leaves, and string trimmers can help you make
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