The end of summer doesn't mean the end of lawn care.

After months of mowing, it can be easy to put yourself on autopilot when cutting the grass.

Last year, more than 300-thousand people were treated for lawn mower-related injuries.

Lacey Nix knows how quickly lawn mower accidents can happen.

"I was in the backyard and got to the last final strip of grass. I was kind of distracted. I had my headphones in, saying hi to my kids and I hit something with the mower. I heard a loud noise and then felt this sharp pain in my leg," said Nix.

That sharp pain was the result of a metal hanger that ripped straight through her lower left leg. Her fiancé rushed her to the hospital where doctors had to perform emergency surgery.

Always check your lawn for stones, sticks and other objects.

Wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toed shoes.

Children should never ride as passengers on riding mowers or be towed behind.

And don't forget to read the owner's manual.

"You should always read the owner's manual of your lawn mower because all models can be different. Safety features could be different, the blade could operate or be located in different spots, so don't take it for granted, read before you operate," said Angie Hicks.

Lawn mowing is not a task you should rush through. If you're crunched for time, you might be better off hiring a pro.

If you want to keep your lawn mower running in optimal condition for as long as possible, don't neglect routine maintenance. For a quick turnaround, take your mower in at the close of the mowing season or before spring grasses start to grow. Pros typically charge between $50 and $75 for a regular tune-up.