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Beyond Mowing: Seasonal Lawn Care for Winter Garden Rental Homes

Winter Garden 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 Winter Garden occupied. However, the actual effort that one needs to maintain a nice lawn can 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 healthy lawns need to be maintained, and this implies that there are important tasks that need to be accomplished– 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. Removing leaves and debris is necessary because it clears up the soil to allow fertilizer and water to get into the soil below. Warm-season grasses 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 done in early spring, this helps prevent undesired weeds and crabgrass from growing; it also encourages new grass growth on the 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 ensure the health of your lawn is kept all year round, you would need to mow often and 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, and also adjusting your lawnmower so that only the top third of the grass blade gets cut, will help may your lawn get nice and thick all summer long.

Proper lawn care requires a lot of time and energy. 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 Winter Garden 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 South Orlando, all of this is taken care of for you. We can assist you in deciding on the best type of lawn maintenance for your specific needs. More importantly, we will do regular checks to make sure your lawns are properly cared for. To know more about what we can do for you, please contact us online or give us a ring at 407-982-2000.

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