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Beyond Mowing: Seasonal Lawn Care for Kalamazoo Rental Homes

Kalamazoo Rental Property with a Well-Maintained Front YardA lovely lawn, when done with an easily maintained landscape design, can pull in many renters who are searching for a rental home. A great yard gives off an extremely good first impression, and first impressions are very important for keeping your Kalamazoo rental homes occupied. But the commitment involved in maintaining a fine lawn can be overwhelming at times for the 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 truth is that if you want your healthy lawns maintained, you’ll need to do some important 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. Taking out the leaves and debris needs to be done so the fertilizer and water can seep into the soil below and be absorbed by the plants in your lawn. As for warm-season grasses, they should be detached and aerated in the springtime too. 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. A subsequent application is usually advised about six to eight weeks later, 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 early in the spring. Not mowing the grass and leaving it to grow too high is a horrible idea. If you mow it too short, the roots may be damaged and the grass may die 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, coupled with making the necessary adjustments to your lawnmower so that it cuts no more than the top third of the grass, will encourage a thick and full lawn for the summer.

A lot of time and energy is required for proper lawn care. 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 Kalamazoo 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 Investment Solutions, all of this is taken care of for you. We can help you select the best method of lawn maintenance that is suited to your specific needs. Also, more importantly, we will do regular visits to ensure that your lawns are maintained properly. Please contact us online or call us at 616-419-8880 to learn more about how we can serve you.

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