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Green Your Lawn

Highlights:

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Tools & Materials

Mower
String Trimmer
Chainsaw
Garden hose
Sprinkler
Rain gauge
Lithium-ion battery
Charger
Brackets
Power drill
Wood screws
Plywood shelf
French cleat
Hammer
Nails

Tips to Keep Your Lawn Green

TIP: Maintaining a healthy lawn can be easier than you think.

1. Keep mower blade sharp; sharp blade cuts grass cleanly, which helps prevent disease.

2. Use mulching setting to mulch grass; leave clipping on lawn to fertilize soil.

3. Water deeply once or twice a week.

TIP: Daily watering makes roots shallow and encourages thatch.

TIP: Use a rain gauge to keep track of how much you have watered.

TIP: Water should soak in 6 inches; test ground with 6-inch screwdriver; if it pushes in easily, ground is wet enough.

TIP: Don’t mix fertilizers; chemical balance will be off.

4. To make lawn care easy think about lithium-ion batteries.

TIP: Lithium-ion now has power and run time of gasoline.

5. Build shelf for recharging.

TIP: Tack 1-inch strips around edges to keep things from falling off.

TIP: Energy-Star charger uses only 2 cents worth of electricity to fully charge a 40-volt battery.

TIP: Get two batteries so you can use one while the other is recharging.

6. Use French cleat to hang shelf on wall.

7. Store tools in garden shed.

TIP: No gasoline means no maintenance, draining, or winterizing.

TIP: Hang trimmers vertically from double-pronged brackets or hooks; store chainsaw in cabinet.

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