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Dethatching and Other Fall To-Do Items

Wheelbarrow and Rake for Fall YardworkAutumn arrives with a significant list of exterior property maintenance items. To set up your Beebe rental property’s yard and exterior ready for winter, you may want to look closely at your lawn to see whether or not it requires to be dethatched, leaves cleaned up, and trees and plants made ready to weather the cold temperatures. Even though tenants are a huge part of keeping a rental property pristine and in good form, with respect to seasonal yard maintenance there are many tasks that should not be a tenant’s responsibility. Discounting whether you like to be certain that the chore is conducted accurately, or the work would put your tenant’s safety at hazard, these kinds of maintenance undertakings are better administered by those who know how to perform them correctly and properly.

A rental property’s lawn is a principal piece of the complete appeal and value of the home. Continual lawn maintenance should be a most important consideration for both you and your tenant, as should other seasonal lawn maintenance tasks such as aerating and dethatching. As time passes, the soil underneath a lawn will grow 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, instantly resulting in a landscaping eyesore.

There are two ways to address this problem: dethatching or power raking and aerating. For tight lawn spaces, it is attainable to take out thatch with a dethatching rake. The tines of the rake are formed to draw out 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.

If it follows that you are going to bring about this task yourself, ensure that you clearly mark all sprinkler heads or utility lines for the reason that you don’t run over and damage them. You’ll even need to follow all 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.

Obviously, if your rental property has a larger yard, these practices will be terribly stressful and too time-consuming to work on yourself. You could rent a dethatching or power raking machine to help with that assignment, however, similar to aerating, you’ll be heedful not to damage your irrigation system or various parts of the yard. Lawns that have been aerated or dethatched must additionally be maintained rather carefully from then on, or risk more and more 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 actually be 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 something most tenants have or will have used ever, largely raising the potential that something will go bad and that they could even hurt themselves in the process.

Putting your tenant’s safety at risk is never a wonderful idea, as it could cause you to be held liable for their pain and suffering. You could do lawn maintenance on your property yourself but, depending on the scope of your rental home’s lawn, you might prefer hiring a professional company to turn up and complete these important lawn maintenance tasks for you.

In lieu of wasting your time on seasonal maintenance tasks, assess the benefits of working with Real Property Management Delta to watch over them for you. As a real estate investor, your time is, in effect, money. Unleash your time by employing us to attend to your rental property for you. Our property maintenance services will make certain that important seasonal tasks are being conducted habitually and suitably, keeping your Beebe rental property in good shape year-round. To know and learn more, contact us online or call us at 501-404-0674 today.

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