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How to Keep Your Rental Property Looking Great Winston Rowe & Associates
There are some maintenance tasks you have done on a weekly or monthly basis, and some are scheduled annually – to keep your property in tip top shape.
Winter means low or freezing temperatures and snow, there's little required for the lawn.
Do be aware, though, that heavy foot traffic on a snow-covered lawn is going to lead to compaction of soil and grass roots that you'll have to deal with later.
Remind tenants that it's never acceptable to drive over lawns, and doubly so if they're frozen.
In warmer temperature zones, cut down the watering schedule since there are fewer hours of daylight and usually some rain.
Spring is the season when the lawn needs the most attention. Doing these jobs will determine how lush and green the lawn will be through the summer.
Rake vigorously to remove surface leaves, dead grass, thatch, and debris.
Aerate the soil to correct compaction caused by weather and foot traffic. This opens up the lawn to receive nutrients and adequate hydration.
Pre-treat for weeds
Fertilize to give the grass a strong root system and the energy for a long growing season.
Summer Watering and light maintenance are all that a lawn requires in summer.
Water in the morning after the dew has dried, because having the lawn continuously wet can encourage certain fungal diseases. Water deeply rather than frequently, making sure the lawn gets an inch of water each week.
Mow regularly, removing only one-third of the grass blade height each time. The higher the grass, the deeper the roots are, and the more moisture they retain.
Leave clippings in place as mulch and to shield the soil from sun that will dry it out.
Keep weeds in check by hand-pulling annual, shallow-rooted weeds and doing spot treatments on hardier ones.
Fall is the time to do the jobs that will ensure that the lawn is ready for winter and fresh re-growth as the weather warms.
If the lawn is on a twice a year fertilizing schedule, and you fertilized in the spring, now is the time for the second round so the grass can benefit from the extra nutrition as it gets ready to go dormant for the winter.
Pre-emergent weed control may also be called for, depending upon where you live.
Weeds may not show until early spring, but perennial varieties will be actively growing roots and storing up energy for their reemergence. Stop them now.
Mow until the grass goes dormant, and then put away the mower 'til spring.
Clean up by raking weeds and debris, and remove lawn furniture so it doesn't compress the ground and invite pests and disease.
This article was published by Winston Rowe & Associates. They can be contacted at 248-246-2243 or http://www.winstonrowe.com