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Taking Care of the Lawn



Taking Care of the Lawn
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.16

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     challenging words:    mowing, mower, especially, naturally, pages, roots, beautiful, pets, lawn, several, case, phone, kill, dangerous, follow, dead


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Taking Care of the Lawn
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     You have a beautiful new house and you want to keep it looking its best. One way to make sure this happens is to take care of the lawn in front of your house. Nothing looks worse than dead grass when people drive by.
 
2     The first thing that usually needs to be done is mowing the lawn. When grass gets high, it starts to look messy. Some people do this with a riding lawn mower. Other people use a push mower.
 
3     Be sure to mow the grass when it is dry. Wet grass can get stuck in the mower. It can also get stuck to your shoes and get dragged into the house. Then you will have another mess to take care of.
 
4     You shouldn't cut the grass too short. This is especially true when it is hot outside. If the weather is hot and dry, you can kill the grass just by mowing it.
 
5     If it is hot and dry for a long time, you may need to water your lawn to keep it alive. Watering should be done early in the morning or late in the afternoon. If it is hot, water can evaporate before it gets all the way down to the roots. Depending on how dry it is, you may have to water every other day or even everyday to keep the grass alive.

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