Yard Care with Mark Perry

 

When living in New England with SCI, you need to make the most of every great weather day.

 

I take great pride in my yard and spend many hours landscaping. I fertilize the lawn 4 times per year. I dig out around trees and gardens to mulch the beds. I mow the lawn sometimes more than once per week or when it needs it. Sometimes in the spring, mostly fall, I'll patch my lawn with screened loam and seed.

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In the spring I tip my mower on its edge to scrape the underside clean, change the oil and put on a sharp blade for the season. I'll fill my 2 ½ gallon gas can a few times a year. I prefer a smaller can because it's easier to lift and pour.

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For fall cleanup, I use an electric leaf blower supported around my neck with a laptop bag strap, so I don't have to support all the weight with my arms. I spend many hours raking and picking up leaves. I fill a medium size collapsible bag and dump the leaves in the woods behind my house.

 

I do all this in a second-hand Hoveround power

feature to move dirt/mulch/stone. I push my mower or spreader with my left arm while driving the power chair with my right.



**Mark has T10 paraplegia and can be found in his yard or out riding with the US Spyder Ryders throughout the summer.**

 
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