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Lawn care could lead to preventing home disaster

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Clearing debris from a lawn can help avoid a home getting burned down by a wildfire.
Clearing debris from a lawn can help avoid a home getting burned down by a wildfire.

Those who have used tractors to keep their yards in good order may not only be the envy of the neighborhood - they may also prevent a disaster befalling their homes.

A recent report from Fort Meyers, Florida, television station WBBH, firefighters in the area are praising homeowners for keeping their yards clean of debris. Doing so has helped limit the spread of wildfires, which have been active in the area as of late.

"They say it can serve as a message to others who live in heavily wooded areas that a little lawn care may save your home before firefighters have to," the television station's report said.

Of course, lawn care usually involves more mundane concerns, such as making sure grass can fight interlopers like weeds. Still, clearing debris can help lawns look good come spring, as things like fallen logs and branches can hurt the growth of grass.

However, experts have noted that people should take care when clearing debris during the wetter spring months. Any areas that have gotten a lot of water through spring showers should be avoided, as stepping on them could sink the ground and limit grass growth.
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