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Somebody should keep the lawn mowed while you’re away. Source: http://www.express.co.uk

If you’re planning to head off for 2 or 3 weeks for a well-deserved vacation, don’t forget you’ll need to find some way to mow your lawn while you’re away.

It’s not so much that the lawn grasses suffer if you don’t mow them (on the contrary, they love being allowed to grow normally!). Plus, you can readily mow them back into shape as soon as you get back. (It’s better to mow a very tall lawn back in two steps* rather than to hack it down to nearly nothing all at once.)

*Two-step recuperation mowing: perform a preliminary mowing with the mower set at its maximum height, reducing the grass leaves by about a third, then, 3 or 4 days later, when the grasses have recovered from the shock, mow a second time at a more traditional height, about 3 inches (7.5 cm).
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Unkept lawns tells thieves no one’s home” source: www.houseflippingninja.com

No, the problem is rather that the disheveled appearance of an uncut lawn might indicate to potential thieves that you’re away.

It’s best to ask a neighbor to mow at least once every two weeks while you’re away (weekly is even better!) or to hire a young person to do so. That way, your house will seem inhabited all the time you’re gone.

And ask the person if they can also pick up your mail while they’re at it!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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