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Dethatching and Other Fall To-Do Items

Wheelbarrow and Rake for Fall YardworkAutumn carries a lengthy list of exterior property maintenance items with it. To have your Frisco rental property’s yard and exterior ready for winter, you can study the lawn and examine whether it needs to be dethatched, leaves cleaned up, and trees and plants made ready to weather the cold temperatures.

Tenants have a huge role to play in the cleanliness and the state of a rental property. Since they are the people that live in the house, they are responsible for most of the cleaning and the simple fixes. However, there are some tasks they shouldn’t do. These tasks may require technical expertise or they may be too risky. When it comes to these tasks, you and the tenants are better off letting professionals handle it. Therefore, when dealing with seasonal yard maintenance, some tasks must not be under the tenant’s charge. These sorts of maintenance endeavors are better operated by those who know how to carry them out properly and correctly.

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. Through time, the soil underneath a lawn will turn out to be 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 cause the lawn to turn brown and stop growing, promptly leading to a landscaping eyesore. But when you reduce the thatch, you’re making the grass grow stronger and thicken up. This makes them less likely to have diseases. Reducing the thatch also increases water, air, and nutrient levels at the root zone of grass plants.

There are two ways to address the thatch problem: dethatching or power raking and aerating. For tiny lawn spaces, it is attainable to take out 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 even need to follow all of the directions as stated to be sure that the aerator doesn’t damage your lawn in the process. There are, furthermore, professionals who offer these services that you may want to talk with.

Needless to say, if your rental property has a larger yard, these methods will be awfully burdensome and time-wasting to bring about yourself. You could rent a dethatching or power raking machine to aid with that responsibility, nevertheless, like aerating, you’ll need to be cautious in order to not damage your irrigation system or some other part 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.

Although your tenant may be skilled, 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.

Putting your tenant’s safety at risk is on no occasion a good idea, as it could end up with you possibly being held liable for their pain and suffering. You could fulfill lawn maintenance on your property yourself, but depending on the size of your rental home’s lawn, you might consider hiring a professional company to come in and perform these important lawn maintenance tasks for you.

Rather than spending your time on seasonal maintenance tasks, think about the benefits of hiring Real Property Management Focus to handle them for you. As a real estate investor, your time is essentially money. Clear your time by picking us to look after your rental property for you. Our property maintenance services will see to it that important seasonal tasks are accomplished regularly and properly, keeping your Frisco rental property in good shape year-round. To discover more, contact us online or call us at 469-820-0088 today.

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