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A Special Supplement To The Delphos Herald • March 2013
2 • The Herald Spring Home & Garden • March 2013
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It’s tempting to cut the grass asfrequently as do your neighbors. Butwhere mowing is concerned, less ismore. You can prevent weeds fromtaking over your lawn by lettingyour grass grow out a bit, as longergrass supports a deeper root system.If you cut more than one-third of thegrass length, you will have clumps of clippings that lie on top of the lawn,slower decomposition, and a less at-tractive, bristly appearing lawnKeeping grass longer also al-lows it greater surface area to carryout photosynthesis, which results inhealthier plants. In addition, taller
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