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Beyond Mowing: Seasonal Lawn Care for Arcadia Rental Homes

Arcadia Rental Property with a Well-Maintained Front YardAn excellent lawn, when coupled with an easily maintained landscape design, can be a huge attraction for renters looking for a rental home. An attractive yard goes a long way in giving a great first impression, and first impressions are crucial for keeping your rental homes at Arcadia occupied. But the work needed to maintain a nice lawn may be quite overwhelming for tenants. They like how it makes their rental home look, but they may not know how to properly care for a lawn or be willing to put in the amount of time and energy a healthy lawn requires.

The truth is that if you’re serious about maintaining a healthy lawn (and you should be), you’ll need to accomplish a number of tasks– some of which are seasonally specific. During the winter, lawns in most areas are dormant, a necessary defense against the cold. Spring’s warmer temperatures will bring a burst of fresh green grass and, at the same time, several important lawn maintenance tasks.

A whole-yard clean-up is an important first step in any lawn care. Dealing with leaves and debris is important since it enables your soil to absorb fertilizer and water better. When it comes to warm-season grasses, they need to be detached and aerated in the springtime as well. Once cleared, detached, and aerated, a combination fertilizer and pre-emergent herbicide should be applied to the lawn.

If done early in spring, this can deter weeds and crabgrass from taking root, and encourage grass to grow where there are bare patches. After six to eight weeks, a second application is recommended, as well as a dose of a broadleaf weed killer. Use of all of these chemicals can be hazardous if not applied or handled correctly. Because of this, these steps are usually a property owner’s responsibility and not a tenant’s.

Lastly, to promote a healthy lawn all year, you need to mow often and mow early in the spring. Leaving the grass to grow too much and then mowing it down too short could damage the roots and even kill the grass itself. When the first new growth appears, experts recommend mowing every five days or so for the first six weeks of spring, along with proper aeration at appropriate times. This, together with making sure the lawnmower is adjusted so that you’re removing no more than the top 1/3 of the grass blade each time, will encourage a nice, thick, and full lawn all summer long.

A lot of time and energy is required for proper lawn care. Even if your tenant agrees or wants to be the one to maintain the lawn, there is no assurance that they will actually do it or that they know what they’re doing. They may not know enough to be able to take proper care of your Arcadia rental home’s lawn.

To keep your rental home’s lawn healthy, it’s important to do regular property evaluations that monitor its condition and progress from season to season. When you hire Real Property Management East San Gabriel Valley, all of this is taken care of for you. We can help you pick the type of lawn maintenance that meets your needs best; perhaps even more importantly, we will also do regular visits to ensure that your lawns are being properly maintained. Please contact us online or call us at 626-600-2884 to learn more about how we can serve you.

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