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Yours, Mine or Ours? Leaf Blowing and the Law

Yours, Mine or Ours? Leaf Blowing and the Law

Leaf blowers — they’re hated by some, loved by others. HowStuffWorks looks at the etiquette and the legality of using the ubiquitous leaf blower.

Author's Note: 10 Things You Should Never Do to Your Lawn

Here are two things I've learned about lawn care: never weed whack in short pants and always wear safety goggles. Although you might be hard-pressed to wear shorts on a hot, humid day (and your goggles always steam up), don't do it if you're going to be trimming your lawn. I've been hammered by branches, rocks and other flotsam that slammed into my thighs and face as the weed whacker went about its business. So, as we used to say back in the day "be safe ... mow hard!"

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