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Beyond Mowing: Seasonal Lawn Care for Mt. Vernon Rental Homes

Mt. Vernon Rental Property with a Well-Maintained Front YardAn elegant lawn, when joined with an easily maintained landscape design, can attract renters who are looking for a rental home. A beautiful yard plays a big deal in first impressions, and first impressions contribute a lot toward keeping your Mt. Vernon rental homes occupied. However, the work demanded to maintain a fine lawn can often be overwhelming for a tenant. 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 fact is that there are important tasks that go together with maintaining a healthy lawn, and some of these tasks 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. Taking out the leaves and debris needs to be done so the fertilizer and water could seep into the soil below and be absorbed by the plants in your lawn. Warm-season grasses, to keep them thriving, must be detached and aerated in the springtime. Once cleared, detached, and aerated, a combination fertilizer and pre-emergent herbicide should be applied to the lawn.

If this is done in early spring, it can help stop weeds and crabgrass from taking root, and it also encourages new grass growth where there are bare patches. After six to eight weeks, another application is advised, 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. Allowing the grass to grow too high and then mowing it too short can affect the roots and kill the grass altogether. 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, combined with adjusting your lawnmower to cut no more than the top third of each glass blade, will give you a thick and full lawn that you can enjoy for the whole summer.

To do lawn care right, you’ll need a lot of time and energy. Even if your tenant has agreed to be in charge of lawn maintenance, you cannot be certain that they will be able to do so. There is also no assurance that they have the necessary experience to take good care of your Mt. Vernon 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 Results, 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. To know more about what we can do for you, please contact us online or give us a ring at 812-461-1676.

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