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Dethatching and Other Fall To-Do Items

Wheelbarrow and Rake for Fall YardworkAutumn includes a whole list of exterior property maintenance items with it. To get your Winter Garden rental property’s yard and exterior ready for winter, you may wish to take a closer look at the lawn to ascertain whether it warrants to be dethatched, leaves cleaned up, and trees and plants made ready to weather the cold temperatures.

Now, tenants do so much of the cleaning and the simple repairs. They are, after all, the people who live in the property. So it cannot be denied that they have an extremely huge role in the upkeep of a rental home. However, when it comes to certain tasks that carry an element of risk or tasks that require technical expertise, tenants shouldn’t attempt to do them. They can only bring harm to either themselves or to the property. So, when it comes to seasonal yard maintenance, there are some things that should not be part of the tenant’s responsibility. Regardless if you necessitate seeing to it that the task is performed well, or the assignment would place your tenant’s welfare in danger, these kinds of maintenance affairs are better managed by those who know how to execute them appropriately and securely.

A rental property’s lawn is a vital portion of the general appeal and value of the home. Periodic lawn maintenance should be a focus for both you and your tenant, as should other seasonal lawn maintenance tasks such as aerating and dethatching. Over the years, the soil underneath a lawn will get compacted with dead grass and other debris. This collected material is called thatch. While a healthy lawn will benefit from a little bit of organic material, when thatch builds up too much it can prevent water and essential nutrients from penetrating the ground and reaching the roots of your grass. This can make the lawn to turn brown and stop growing, at once giving rise to a landscaping eyesore. However, reducing the thatch levels thickens up your grass and makes it strong— helping keep away diseases. Reducing thatch also encourages more water, air, and nutrients to come in and reach the root zone of your grass plants.

There are two ways to address the thatch problem: dethatching or power raking and aerating. For small-sized lawn locations, it is feasible to eliminate thatch with a dethatching rake. The tines of the rake are created to take the thatch upward, loosening it and separating it from the soil. To dethatch a lawn by hand, the lawn should be mowed to half of its normal height and then raked thoroughly. The loosened thatch can then be removed with your next mowing. To aerate a small lawn, you can rent an aerator machine that will remove small plugs of soil.

In case that you are plotting to work on this yourself, make certain that you clearly mark all sprinkler heads or utility lines in order that you don’t run over and damage them. You’ll, likewise, be required to abide by the directions very carefully to make certain that the aerator doesn’t damage your lawn in the process. There are, moreover, professionals who extend these services that you may like to confer with.

Naturally, if your rental property has a larger yard, these measures will be extremely hard and prolonged to execute yourself. You could rent a dethatching or power raking machine to help with that task, however, similar to aerating, you’ll need to be heedful not to damage your irrigation system or various parts of the yard. Lawns that have been aerated or dethatched must also be cared for prudently afterward, or risk additional damage. Proper watering and fertilizing are steps that should be taken after a dethatching or aeration, to both protect your lawn and encourage the roots to grow.

Even though your tenant may seem proficient, it is not a good idea to expect them to perform dethatching or aeration on your property’s lawn. On the off chance that they don’t perform a fine job or can’t figure out exactly how to do it, they could likely cause extensive damage to your rental home’s yard, irrigation system, even septic or other utility lines. The equipment required to perform these maintenance tasks is not a thing most tenants have in their possession or will have used prior, exceedingly increasing the eventualities that something will fail and that they could even cause injury to themselves in the process.

Having your tenant’s safety at risk is never a brilliant idea, as it could give rise to your being held liable for their pain and suffering. You could execute lawn maintenance on your property yourself, nevertheless, subject to the dimension of your rental home’s lawn, you might want to hire a professional company to show up and carry out these important lawn maintenance tasks for you.

In contrast to killing your time on seasonal maintenance tasks, take into consideration the rewards of enlisting Real Property Management Verita to tend to them for you. As a real estate investor, your time is practically money. Free up your time by employing us to attend to your rental property for you. Our property maintenance services will make sure that important seasonal tasks are being fulfilled regularly and well, keeping your Winter Garden rental property in good shape year-round. To know more, contact us online or call us at 321-972-6823 today.

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