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Grass grooming

By CompiledElisabetta ColettiCarleton Cole, and Lane Hartill / April 21, 1999

After a winter of cold and neglect, it's time for lawns to make their annual spring comeback. Once the grass starts thriving, make sure your lawnmower is ready to tackle the trims.

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Here's some advice from the experts on tuning up your lawnmower:

*Always disconnect the spark plug before beginning maintenance.

*Change the spark plug and air filter.

*Drain the crankcase and refill it with high-quality oil.

*Fill tank with fresh gasoline; fuel deteriorates after 30 days.

*Be sure to consult your mower's operating manual.