There's no way around it: A good-looking lawn needs regular mowing from the first signs of spring to the early days of fall. You know the drill: Mow no more than 1/3 off the top of the grass blade, and never wait to long in between trims. But did you know that 253,000 people are hospitalized due to lawn mower accidents each year? Furthermore, many of those are children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Take precautions by educating kids about mower safety, keep youngsters out of the yard when you mow, and leave the pets inside until the job is done. Protect yourself by properly attaching the discharge shoot, wearing sturdy shoes, and following the manufacturer's instructions.