BBB Tip: Amazon “brushing” scam indicates a problem for victims

Have you gotten boxes from Amazon of free boxloads of merchandise right on your doorstep?  EXCEPT it isn’t from Amazon!!!  The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers that there is a scary downside to this recent scam. You are not the one who hit the jackpot. A scam company is the real winner.

This scam is called brushing, and it has been popping up all over the country. Suddenly, boxes of unordered (by you, the recipient) merchandise from Amazon begin arriving. There is no return address except that of Amazon, and the receiver (you) has no idea who ordered the items. The items are varied. For example, in one case a humidifier, a hand warmer, a flashlight, a Bluetooth speaker and a computer vacuum cleaner arrived unordered.

Why would such merchandise be sent to you if you didn’t request it? The companies, usually foreign, third-party sellers that are sending the items are simply using your address that they discovered online. Their intention is to make it appear as though you wrote a glowing online review of their merchandise, and that you are a verified buyer of that merchandise. They then post a fake, positive review to improve their products’ ratings, which means more sales for them. The payoff is highly profitable from their perspective.

The reason this is very bad for you is that someone was able to have the items sent to you as if you purchased them.  This indicates that they probably have some of your personal information such as your name, address, and possibly, your phone number. Once the information is out there on the internet, it could be used for numerous crooked enterprises.

The fake online review angle is only one way they benefit. By using the brushing scam, they also are increasing their sales numbers. After all, they aren’t really purchasing the items, since the payment goes right back to them. Increased sales numbers, even though padded with fake purchases, look good for the company and help lead to more sales.

Then there is the “porch pirate” angle. There are instances where thieves use other people’s mailing addresses and accounts, then watch for the delivery of the package so they can steal it from the door before the resident gets it.

PLEASE (and this is very important) notify Amazon. Brushing and fake reviews are against Amazon’s policies, so contact Amazon Customer Service if this happens to you. They will investigate and take action on the bad actor. Go directly to Amazon’s website to get their contact information. The company also takes security seriously and encourages customers to report fraudulent purchases or other security issues. If the preference is to contact them by phone; be cautious of searching for support phone numbers.

Change your account passwords. This may be a sign that personal information has been compromised and to improve account security, keep a close eye on credit reports and credit card bills.

By the way, the Federal Trade Commission says you have a legal right to keep unordered merchandise.

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Why invest in Land?

It’s been said before – vacant land is one of the most overlooked and misunderstood real estate investments in the world.

Whenever I discuss the buying and selling of LAND, I get a lot of blank stares. There seems to be a widespread assumption that vacant land is a “weak” or even pointless investment because;.

  1. It doesn’t produce income.
  2. It just sits there and nothing happens.
  3. It’s flat out boring.

The truth is – some vacant land is capable of producing serious cash flow and the rest of it is one of the best long-term investments on earth because of its hands-off nature and versatility.

Don’t you just love the fact that land just sits there, and nothing happens?

The simplicity and stability that comes with owning the right piece of land, purchased at the right price, sometimes outweighs the myriad of problems that come with other types of real estate. If you have overlooked raw land as a viable investment opportunity in the past, take a few minutes and get educated about what land is all about!

Here are 8 reasons you should consider investing in land:

1) With Vacant Land, You Don’t Need to “do” Anything to the Property.

Forget construction! Forget renovations! You don’t need to be an expert or know anything about how to rehab a property yourself. In most cases, you really only need to know one thing: “Is the property suitable for building?” As long as someone else can build on the land if/when they want to, a huge part of the battle is already won.

2) Raw Land is a “Hands-Off” Investment.

Have you had enough of dealing with tenants, toilets, bugs, mold, lawn care, leaking roofs, bursting pipes, broken furnaces, and the hundreds of other issues that come with owning buildings? Vacant land doesn’t involve ANY of those things. Once you buy it… it sits there, it behaves itself, and nothing happens.

3) Land Investors Call Their Own Shots.

When you buy vacant land, you buy each property with your own cash and completely avoid dealing with banks and mortgage companies. When you know where to look for great deals on land, it requires very little start-up capital to get your business up and running. (could you afford $500 per acre?)

4) When You Learn How to Research Properties Effectively, you can Buy and Sell Vacant Land Properties Without Ever Seeing Them In-Person.

Using the tools that you and I have available for FREE online you can purchase vacant land. The beauty of land is that it doesn’t involve any structures. This means the inspection process is VERY simple – and if you’re doing the right research, you can easily buy your properties without ever visiting them in person. (That does not mean you shouldn’t hire a professional to check it out for you).

5) Add Seller Financing to the Mix and EXPLODE Your Income Potential.

When you combine vacant land that you own with the power of Seller Financing, it’s a match made in heaven. It can open up the doors to finding MANY more buyers because most banks are very hesitant to lend money on vacant land. Due to the scarcity of “easy money” financing, a land investor can use this to their advantage by charging a higher-than-market interest rate and many people will gladly pay it. Seller financing is also a great way to create multiple streams of passive income that act like rental properties but come with virtually none of the typical headaches that rental properties are known for.

6) Land is Very Inexpensive to Own as a Long-Term Investment.

When you buy a piece of land, there are, no utility bills to pay, the cost of property insurance is nominal (if you have it at all) and property taxes are extremely cheap. Plus there is almost never a mortgage payment. If you want to park your cash somewhere and forget about it, vacant land could be exactly the investment vehicle you’re looking for.

7) Land Gives its Owner Peace of Mind.

Think about it – land is a long-term, tangible asset that doesn’t wear out, doesn’t depreciate, and nothing can get broken, stolen, or destroyed. Put all of these benefits together with your ability to buy it for next-to-nothing… and can you think of a better combination?

8) They Aren’t Making Any More Of It.

Most people don’t think of vacant land this way, but the reality is that land is an extremely valuable resource with limited quantities available. Especially when you purchase land in the path of growth, you will find yourself with a finite asset that a lot of other people want to get their hands on. Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and 401Ks all make sense in certain scenarios, and so does land. If you go into this with the intent of holding the right property for the long-term, it can make a lot more sense (and be a lot more profitable) than any other retirement vehicle out there.

If you want more information on investing in vacant land please contact me.

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At Las Vegas Little Theatre – The Show Must Go On!!! (despite all of the obstacles)

As we all know a lot of things have changed since the beginning of March.  The Strip closed down for two months and now reopened with restrictions.  Live plays with audiences have not come back yet.

But as they say in show business “the show must go on”.  In that spirit the Las Vegas Little Theatre is trying a bit of a new concept.  They have the stage set for a play however you will watch it via Zoom.

At the moment there are two performances left of The Quarantine Monologues.  I saw it last week and I recommend it.  You can see it on July 31 and August 2 online for only $15 per device.  For tickets, click https://bit.ly/3gYjQrt or contact the box office at 702-362-7996.  

On August 1 – there will be a live-streaming extravaganza (most likely via Zoom also however I would check with the box office); a benefit performance of Deception At The Disco!  Frannie Fabiano (Gillen Brey), LVLT’s new Event Coordinator has hired three acts to entertain: The Diva (Joy Demain), Vinnie Vegas (Michael Kaczurak) & the Vinnettes (Monica Johns and Melissa Riezler), and Troy Tritone (Glenn Heath). Everything is about to hit the fan when The Diva finds out she is not the only headliner for the evening and that her ex-fiancé and ex- backup group are also on the bill to perform. Tempers are raised and there are threats tossed around in this hilarious Who Dunnit. Someone is about to make their last appearance!

Oh, and the sleuth that’s gonna crack the case? It’s you! The audience!

It is so great to be able to write about something happening in the theatre community and hopefully there will be more to tell you about soon.

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What should a Home Buyer do when they close on their home?

That day has come you and your family have finally moved into your new home. Of course, before moving in you had your utilities turned on, packed and arranging movers;  now I suggest (strongly) 4 more items a homebuyer should do when they close on their home.

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1) Change out all smoke detector batteries.

Let’s face it you won’t know when the batteries were last changed in your new home. Don’t take any chances and replace them when you first move in. Smoke detectors almost universally use the rectangular 9v batteries. After this the recommended amount of time for changing out smoke detector batteries is semi-annually (every 6 months). There is an easy way to remind yourself to perform this important maintenance action: Change out the batteries every time you set the clocks forward or back for Daylight Savings Time. 


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   2) Replace the air filters
 
Replacing the air filters in your home is one of the best things you can do to reduce maintenance and failure issues. The Home Depot and Lowe’s carry a large selection of sizes and generally will have what you need.

Here, in the Las Vegas Valley, the air filters are most commonly located in ceiling areas. The single most common reason for homeowners not changing the filters as needed is because it can be a pain to perform this maintenance action. Luckily, I know of a trick that makes it easier.
 
Go to the thermostat. There are hundreds of thermostats out there but almost all of them will have two switches or buttons. One for “System” and one for “Fan”. The fan switch or button will have two settings: “AUTO” and “On”. The normal position for the fan should be AUTO. But when changing out the air filters you should switch the setting to “On”.  This way the filter stays in place and you can easily swap it out for the new one.  Extra advice – use a marker and put to date on the filter so you know when the last time it was changed.
 
Bonus: Look for additional locations in your home. When I moved into my current home I saw the air return and replaced the filter… several months later I realized there was a smaller one I had ignored (and the crazy thing is that one was right above my bed! Not kidding!)

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3) Change locks and codes. 
 It’s always a good idea to change all locks upon taking possession of title and moving in. Remember to obtain master alarm codes from the seller and if the front door has a programmable lock, make sure it is changed to a number unique to you and that all previous secondary codes are wiped out as well. The garage door key pad code should also be changed. Most keyless exterior key pads for garage overhead doors will have the procedure for re-programming the combination inside the cover of the key pad.  Don’t forget to have the post office change your mailbox key if you have one of those community mailboxes. They will do this for free if you request it in the 1st 30 days you live there (you’ll need proof that it is your new residence).

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4) Verify the settings on your irrigation system control panel.
 
Be aware of the fact that you can be fined by the SNWA (Southern Nevada Water Authority) for watering your lawn on days or at times when it is not allowed. Yes, there are specific days and times when you should be watering, and specific days and times when you’re not allowed to be watering. 
 
The settings for your panel are easy to find. The Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) has promulgated all the required schedules on their website. You only need to enter your address. The link is here:  https://www.lvvwd.com/conservation/mandatory-watering-schedule/index.html
 
Your settings will need to be changed seasonally per your LVVWD watering schedule.  
 
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2 Big Things Happening for Las Vegas Today (and another certainly worth mentioning)

First, Clark County School District is having an online Town-hall meeting today. This is supposed to begin at 4:30 and run for an hour; it’s all about the 2020-21 school year. The public is able to ask questions in advance. For details, click this link. If you have kids enrolled in a CCSD school, I’m sure you’ll want to watch this.

Second, The Vegas Golden Knights return to training camp today and NHL play is scheduled to start August 1 to potentially October 2. The hockey on television, with six games a day available early on in the process, will be an incredible spectacle. For more details, click this link.

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That’s my son and I at a game at T-Mobile arena

Notable; If you miss live theatre as much as I do, you will want to know that tonight, as well as Sunday 7/19 & Monday 7/20, the Las Vegas Little Theatre will present “The Quarantine Monologues”. It will only be presented on-line and is a collection of original monologues themed on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on our lives. There were almost 90 submissions from all over the country and 15 monologues were selected to be performed. The list of monologues being performed as well as how to enjoy it can be found right here.

Live Theatre returns to Las Vegas (or theater if you prefer)

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Play Time is important for kids.

Active play time is very important for kids to have in their daily routine. It helps build   imagination, physical coordination and other important developmental skills.   Here in Southern Nevada the weather is not always great for outdoor active play. There are some splash pads and fun parks that are great for some parts of the year, however, if your kids need more play time in their lives and need an option that doesn’t involve going outside, it might be time to consider an indoor play space. Not only will this enable your kids to play regardless of the weather or other outside conditions, but it can also net you some serious “cool parent” points once it’s finished. There are a lot of possibilities for how you might tackle an indoor play space, so here are a few ideas to get you started.

Climbing the Walls… Literally

There are many ways that you can add climbing options to an indoor play space. You can install climbing ropes, rock climbing wall units and yes even “trees” that are designed for climbing – your kids will have fun and burn off some of their pent-up energy. If you don’t want to go for one of these options, you could add a smaller jungle gym or similar play structure. Regardless of what sort of climbing option you choose, the key to all of this is making sure that they are securely mounted so that nothing can come loose during a play session. Some added padding on the floor is also a good idea to help absorb any impacts in case your climbers decide to jump down instead of climbing all the way.

Bounce Around

Another fun option for bringing the outdoors inside is to place a small trampoline inside the play area.  Of course; the trampoline will need to be secured and it should have netting and other protective gear installed to prevent injuries during play. The end result offers a lot of fun, though. Just make sure that you choose a trampoline unit that’s small enough to easily fit indoors but big enough that your kid can actually bounce around inside of it. Most likely you’ll want to get a 6-foot or 8-foot trampoline at most.

Bringing the Outdoors Inside

There are a number of ways that you can bring elements of the outside indoors for the play area you build. You can create an indoor “tree house” that captures the look and feel of outdoor play within an enclosed room. You could also add artificial grass in place of carpeting to give some or all of the room more of a feeling of being outside. Creative paint and lighting can make the room more fun while replicating some of the feel of playing under a bright blue sky, and adding multiple or large windows can let in some natural sunlight as well. You could even add popular outdoor options such as a sandbox to give even more ways to play; just make sure that you have a plan in place to clean up spilled sand.

Open the Imagination

You don’t have to dedicate a child’s play room to a single play option or theme. You could have multiple stations within the room including a block table, a play kitchen, car seats, an “outdoor” area and more. You could even forego some of these formal stations and simply provide ample space for play and extra storage to keep it organized. You know your kids, so design the play space that will fit them and their preferences the best.

From updating outlets for safety to adding custom construction or storage, you might need to hire a couple of professionals when designing an indoor play space. Fortunately, I have lists of electricians and other contractors that can get the job done, so feel free to reach out to me.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Fourth of July.  I’m sad to announce that this year our Summerlin Patriotic Parade, which my family almost always attends, will be seen virtually at www.summerlin.com

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Smart Homes and Mesh Networks

Smart homes and smart home technology have become increasingly popular in the last decade.  A mixture of smart home devices, sensors and more can add new functions to a home and automate some tasks as well as increasing your home’s security. Unfortunately, some homeowners run into problems with smart home devices that have to be on the same home network to interact. Traditional Wifi extenders sometimes create separate but overlapping networks, meaning that devices outside of the range of your wireless router might not work correctly.

There are ways to get around this, however. One option is to set up a mesh network within your home. Unlike traditional Wifi extenders, mesh network extenders create a single wireless network that all your devices can attach to. If you’re considering adding smart home devices and have signal problems within your home, a mesh network setup is definitely worth considering.

What Exactly Is a Mesh Network?

With a standard Wifi network, your router or other access point typically serves as a hub for network connectivity and any extenders or other network components connect directly to it. Mesh networks are set up a bit differently.  In a mesh network, each device connects not only to that central hub but also to each other. This creates a “mesh” of paths throughout the network, allowing signals to route through the network in multiple ways to ensure even coverage. This helps to prevent dead spots or weak signals, eliminating the need for overlapping wireless networks.

Do You NEED a Mesh Network?

Mesh networks are useful, especially if you’re trying to keep smart home devices on the same network so that they can interact with each other. Depending on your home – the size, and where your wireless access point is located, they may not be entirely necessary. If your router is centrally located or has a strong enough signal to provide good coverage throughout your home, your smart home devices should be able to communicate even without a mesh network.

With that said, mesh networks can be very useful if some parts of your home have weaker signals than others or if you plan on adding devices outside of your home and aren’t sure how well your network will be able to handle it. Even if your network seems adequate for your needs, you may consider a mesh option to create more uniform coverage.

Smart Home Devices on the Mesh

There are many smart home devices that could benefit from being connected to a mesh network. Devices such as cameras and intrusion sensors should stay online and connected, regardless of whether they’re inside or outside the home. Likewise, safety sensors such as smart smoke detectors need to be able to communicate, as do heat sensors and even leak sensors, to ensure that your home is well covered without the need for multiple devices or apps to help them stay connected. Even devices such as smart door locks and a smart thermostat can benefit from being on the same network to make automatic temperature adjustments more intuitive depending on whether the doors are locked or not. The more you’re able to connect your devices to a single network, the more you are going to come up with innovative ways for your various smart home devices to work together.

The Smart Home of Your Dreams

It comes down to whether you just want a couple of smart home devices or a fully automated house. Picking the right components to make your home a little smarter can sometimes be a daunting task. This is especially true if the devices you want actually need to be installed as opposed to simply plugging them in. Fortunately, I can help you get the smart home you want. Contact me for a list of electricians and other specialists who can help you pick the devices you need and get them installed at a price you can afford.

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Summer Is Here And It May Be Time For A New Grill

I don’t know about you, but my grill makes me pretty happy… Are you in the market for a new grill, there are plenty of different types you can buy and if you don’t already have a strong opinion (like me) it can be a little confusing.  Whether it’s a pellet grill, a classic charcoal model or a gas grill you have to decide what is the best for you.

What kind of grill is right for you? The answer depends on what cooking style and level of convenience you expect from your grill. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type, so knowing their key characteristics will help you with your decision.

Gas

Gas grills are one of the most common fuel types. Built in a cart style, gas grills use either an attachable liquid propane tank or natural gas via a conversion kit connecting the grill to your home’s natural gas supply line. 

There is also a debate over natural gas or liquid propane. Natural gas burns cleaner in terms of greenhouse gases, it’s cheaper to use and you won’t have to bother with refilling propane tanks. However, you won’t be able to move your grill around since it’s connected to a gas line. Liquid propane is the more popular fuel choice, and it’s portable. It’s also pricier and needs refilling. The good news is many gas grills can accommodate both, so you don’t have to choose right away.

With a gas grill, you’ll have more control over the heat and how it is distributed across your cooking surface. Gas grills are great for adjusting between high heat for searing and lower heat for steady cooking. However, if you’re looking to cook meats like whole chickens or racks of ribs for hours at a time, you’ll have better results with a charcoal grill, pellet grill or smoker. 

Charcoal

Charcoal grills offer the traditional smokiness most people think of when they imagine grilled flavor. They come in lots of shapes and sizes, including the original Weber Kettle that introduced the charcoal grill design so widely recognized today. However, charcoal grills have their quirks, so you’ll need to be prepared to put in some work if you go this route. 

Charcoal grills burn using charcoal briquettes or lumps of charcoal. That’s where the smoky flavor comes from. You’ll need to spend a little more time lighting the briquettes and preheating this grill. You’ll also need to clean out and dispose of the charcoal ash when you’re done grilling. 

Charcoal grills might not be as precise or customizable as a gas grill when it comes to cooking, however they have a distinct flavor and are the most affordable option. You can find small, portable charcoal grills for as little as $50. 

Pellet grills

Pellet grills burn wood pellets and have an onboard computer to heat up to your desired temperature and add smoky, wood-fired flavor to your food. Pellet grills yield tasty meat, especially when slow cooked, but the pellets can be more expensive and harder to find than propane or charcoal. 

Pellet grills use a hopper on the side to hold the food-grade wood pellets. Once you’ve ignited the grill with a switch and set the temperature, those pellets are moved into a burn pot by a rotating auger connected to the hopper. Pellet grills come in barrel or cart styles and prices range from around $350 to $1,300.

Size

Once you’ve decided what fuel type is right for you, think about the size grill you need. Most small to medium charcoal grills and two-burner gas grills will do just fine if you’re cooking for four people or less on an occasional basis. Grills are often measured in square inches. Grills in the 400-500 square inch range are large enough for most people. 

Aesthetics

In my opinion, your grill shouldn’t just cook, it should look good doing it, and there are some seriously stylish models out there. You might not have a preference when it comes to how your grill looks, and that’s fine. But if you’re looking for a stylish cooker to crown your backyard, manufacturers give you plenty of options.

Traditional black and stainless grills are readily available; however Weber and KitchenAid both offer colorful enamel models, too. Aside from color, consider whether you’d like your grill to have cabinet doors. These doors hide propane tanks and keep them from sitting on the ground beside your grill. 

Happy Grilling!!

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Important Information About Your Equifax Credit Report

You might remember my blog post about my personal information getting stolen (read it here) – people think it won’t happen to them… I hope it won’t happen to you, but it might.

Equifax announced in 2019 that they would provide U.S. consumer six free copies of their credit report from Equifax each year for seven years in connection with various settlements.

And it gets better – the reports originally were made available on-line through myEquifax. Now Equifax has announced that these reports will now be available online via AnnualCreditReport.com, rather than through myEquifax. This means that consumers no longer need to be enrolled in myEquifax to receive these reports.

What does this mean for me?
This is very good news for you. If you are a member of myEquifax, you can still access free Equifax credit reports on the myEquifax portal. Plus Equifax will be making the six free Equifax credit reports required by the settlements available to you on AnnualCreditReport.com.for both members and non Equifax members. Another great service from Equifax and the other two nationwide credit bureaus are making weekly credit reports available online via AnnualCreditReport.com through April 2021.

Having easy access to your credit information is important especially during the challenging times of COVID-19.

If you find inaccurate or incomplete information on your Equifax credit report, you can file a dispute with Equifax Information Services LLC for free through your myEquifax account. You can also place a security freeze and fraud alert on your Equifax credit report through myEquifax.

It is very important to check your credit reports often to make sure you are not a victim of fraud.  In today’s world with everyone using their computers for almost everything your information is floating around and there are hackers trying to find information to use.  Never use any credit cards or bank accounts on public computers.

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Great Lawn Care Tips

It’s the old lawn debate –you hate mowing the lawn, however, you love having a green lawn, and you don’t want to switch over to desert landscaping where everything looks beige, and you’re not willing to have fake grass. Believe me, I understand! As with most things, though, there’s a difference between doing it and doing it well. If you find yourself wondering why your neighbors have an amazing lawn while yours looks all the worse for wear, it could be more than just a matter of perspective; it’s possible that the grass really is greener on the other side.

This can be fixed! Part of the problem might be how you’re caring for your lawn. If you haven’t put much thought into the specifics of yard care, here are a few tips on lawn care.  This will help you achieve a beautiful green lawn.

Prep Your Mower –Too many people approach the beginning of the mowing season the same way that they do the entire rest of the season: they put some gas in the mower (or the battery in it) and go. You should not follow this path – you can damage both your lawn and your mower. Start each season with an oil change and fresh gas, and check your mower blades for cracks, dullness or other signs that they need to be sharpened or replaced. Look at your grass as you mow; if it’s becoming ragged, this is a sign that your blades are getting dull again. Even a little bit of mower maintenance will make the cut easier on your lawn and keep your mower running in tip-top condition.

Learn Your Lawn – A lot of people think that grass is grass, but there are actually a lot of differences between grass species. Take a little time to find out what sort of grass you have growing in your lawn. If necessary, you can take a sample to your local nursery. Once you know what kind of grass you have, you can learn the seasons when it actively grows, what sort of water and fertilizer it needs, and even details about how it should be cut. If you need to reseed part of your lawn, knowing the existing grass type will also ensure that you get the right type of seed so that everything matches.

Cut to the Right Height – If your lawn is going to flourish, the grass needs to have enough blade area to absorb sunlight to meet its growing needs. Cutting it too short can damage it, causing the grass to wilt or brown, in some cases even killing off patches. As a general rule you’ll often hear that you should leave around 3 inches of grass when you cut, but this can vary depending on the type of grass you have. If in doubt, you can set the blade height between the 3-inch to 3 ½-inch mark to be safe, but you’ll have much more control over your lawn if you learn the grass type and find the optimal cutting height based on that.

Mind Those Clippings – It’s usually best to leave your clippings on the ground, as they provide much-needed nutrients to the lawn as they decompose. If you don’t like the look of them, consider a mulching blade and guard for your mower to ensure that they get cut into smaller pieces, or make multiple passes over the same area. The main exceptions to this are the first and last cuts of the year; in those instances, your lawn will do better if you bag the clippings instead.

Adapt Throughout the Year – One important thing to keep in mind is that grass is a living thing and grows differently depending on the time of the year and the local weather conditions. During the heat of the summer, make your lawn more drought resistant by adjusting your cut height up a little; this gives the grass more blade area to collect dew on. In early spring and into the fall, cut less often to avoid shocking the grass. Even the direction of your cuts is important, especially if it’s been raining a lot; to prevent damaging the grass or compacting the soil too much, change direction every two or three cuts, switching to a cutting pattern around 90 degrees off from what you’ve been doing.

Keep It Under Control – A well-manicured lawn can be a big job. Fortunately, there are professionals out there who can take that burden off your shoulders.  Contact me for a list of professional lawn people that will take great care of your lawn and can help with trees and bushes as well.

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