N SUNNY DAYS most of us would much rather kick back, relax and enjoy our yards than toil away in them. But ignoring that overgrown tree limb or undulating fence could cost you much more than taking care of it. Did you know that you could even be liable for accidents that happen on your property involving trespassing neighborhood kids? (It’s called “attractive nuisance.”)

Are you sure you know all the various hazards lurking in your yard? On the following pages you’ll spot 18 common red flags that could endanger you and your family or a neighborhood child wandering by. The sooner you take care of things (hint: some require very little time and no money to fix), the sooner you’re free to enjoy those nice-weather days with a safe yard and a clear conscience.

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