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Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:32 am, Mon Nov 4, 2013.

Tip #1: Mow lower. While a key organic lawn care tactic is to keep the blade high so the grass will produce more nutrients, that's not as important in the winter, when grass is dormant. Drop the blade to 2 inches for your final mowing, which is usually in early November for most parts of the country. If you leave the grass too high heading into winter, you may be creating a nice haven for field mice, which can damage the lawn.

Tip # 2: Pull the weeds. Since common weeds like crabgrass, plantain, and chickweed go to seed in the fall, lawn care during this time of the year should include some serious weeding. Do some weeding now to spare the temptation to kill weeds with unhealthy synthetic chemicals in the spring. You can either pull them (they're large and easy to grab now) or mow them with a bagging attachment on your electric mower, so the seeds don't have a chance to hit the soil. For heavily weeded areas, you can use something like Black & Decker's 18V electric cultivator to loosen the weeds, turn the soil and prepare the area for overseeding.

Tip #3: Fill in any thin spots. Fall is a great time to plant new grass seed everywhere in the country. To ensure excellent seed-to-soil contact, be sure to scratch the soil with a bamboo rake or mechanical machine known as a dethatcher before you scatter the seed. Cover with a light layer of compost or healthy soil to increase the germination rate. Then water the area frequently to keep the new seed moist while it germinates.

Tip #4: Rake regularly. A heavy layer of autumn leaves can mat the lawn and smother it. Electric leaf blowers such as those from Black & Decker are lightweight, quiet tools for getting into corners and hard-to-reach areas around gardens and fences. "Black & Decker's outdoor products not only provide a good value, but are also better for the environment than gas alternatives," says Tukey.  Organic lawn-care tip: Shred those raked-up leaves and compost or use them as mulch in your spring garden.

For more information on organic lawn care, or Black & Decker electric outdoor products, visit http://www.paultukey.com/ and http://www.blackanddecker.com/.

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