The presence of ethanol in gasoline can damage small engines inside lawn equipment, according to Keith Beasley, owner of Thomasville Lawn and Garden in Thomasville, N.C. Because ethanol has a "corn base it is gritty," Beasley said. "Inside a carburetors there are a lot of small tiny passages that the grit will just get stopped and can’t go through." However, ethanol-free fuel can be hard to find and it increases costs for lawn care businesses, said Ron Stanley from Simply Green Lawn Maintenance.

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