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Dethatching and Other Fall To-Do Items

Wheelbarrow and Rake for Fall YardworkAutumn brings with it a comprehensive list of exterior property maintenance items. To have your Colfax rental property’s yard and exterior ready for winter, you may have to check at the lawn to make sure in any case, whether it has to be dethatched, leaves cleaned up, and trees and plants made ready to weather the cold temperatures. Even though tenants are a considerable part of retaining a rental property neat and in great shape, in terms of seasonal yard maintenance there are several undertakings that should not be a tenant’s concern. Irrespective of whether you wish to ascertain that the work is executed rightly, or the responsibility would make your tenant’s well-being in jeopardy, these sorts of maintenance endeavors are better operated by those who know how to carry them out properly and safely.

A rental property’s lawn is a significant element of the total 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. As time progresses, the soil underneath a lawn will turn 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, at once giving rise to a landscaping eyesore.

There are two ways to address this problem: dethatching or power raking and aerating. For smaller lawn sites, it is easy to remove 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.

Just in case you are planning to perform this yourself, be sure that you clearly mark all sprinkler heads or utility lines because you don’t want to run over and damage them. You’ll furthermore have to comply with the guidelines to see to it that the aerator doesn’t damage your lawn in the process. There are also professionals who give these services that you may wish to double-check 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 assist with that task, but, similarly, with aerating, you’ll have to be prudent not to damage your irrigation system or some areas of the yard. Lawns that have been aerated or dethatched must subsequently be attended to with care, or risk more destruction. 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 if your tenant may look able, it is not a good idea to expect them to perform dethatching or aeration on your property’s lawn. If it follows that they don’t achieve an excellent job or have no clue what they are accomplishing, they could probably 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 keep or will have utilized prior, extremely multiplying the possibilities that it will turn out badly and that they could even hurt themselves in the process.

Putting 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 do the lawn maintenance on your property yourself, but dependent on the size of your rental home’s lawn, you might like hiring a professional company to get in and execute these important lawn maintenance tasks for you.

Instead of wasting all of your time on seasonal maintenance tasks, ponder on the payoffs of contracting Real Property Management of the Triad to attend to them for you. As a real estate investor, your time is practically money. Free up your time by selecting us to tend 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 Colfax rental property in good shape year-round. To discover more, feel free to contact us online or by phone at 336-355-6677 or 336-777-7444. We’ll be glad to answer any of your questions.

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