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Dethatching and Other Fall To-Do Items

Wheelbarrow and Rake for Fall YardworkAutumn induces a whole list of exterior property maintenance items with it. To get your Grand Junction rental property’s yard and exterior ready for winter, you may wish to take a closer look at the lawn to ascertain whether it warrants to be dethatched, leaves cleaned up, and trees and plants made ready to weather the cold temperatures. Conceding that tenants are a great part of maintaining a rental property in a polished and excellent condition, with regards to seasonal yard maintenance there are certain duties that should not be a tenant’s burden. Heedless of whether you need to be sure that the responsibility is accomplished properly, or the job would put your tenant’s safety and security at risk, these forms of maintenance activities are better cared for by those who know how to work on them well and carefully.

A rental property’s lawn is a critical factor of the whole appeal and value of the home. Consistent lawn maintenance should be a prime concern for both you and your tenant, as should other seasonal lawn maintenance tasks such as aerating and dethatching. Through time, the soil underneath a lawn will turn out to be 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 result in the lawn turning brown and stop growing, promptly leading to a landscaping eyesore.

There are two ways to address this problem: dethatching or power raking and aerating. For little lawn areas, it is achievable to clear out thatch with a dethatching rake. The tines of the rake are developed to drag 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.

If, in any case, you are thinking to carry this out yourself, see to it that you clearly mark all sprinkler heads or utility lines so you don’t run over and damage them. You’ll, likewise, be required to abide by the directions very carefully to make certain that the aerator doesn’t damage your lawn in the process. There are, moreover, professionals who extend these services that you may like to confer with.

Needless to say, if your rental property has a larger yard, these methods will be awfully burdensome and time-wasting to bring about yourself. You could rent a dethatching or power raking machine to provide assistance with that work, notwithstanding, the same with aerating, you’ll be mindful not to damage your irrigation system or different sections of the yard. Lawns that have been aerated or dethatched must, as such, be managed with utmost care henceforth, or you 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.

Although your tenant may be skilled, it is not a good idea to expect them to perform dethatching or aeration on your property’s lawn. Just in case they don’t execute a very good job or don’t know anything of what they are actually doing, they could perhaps 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 a thing most tenants have in their possession or will have used prior, exceedingly increasing the eventualities that something will fail and that they could even cause injury to themselves in the process.

Placing your tenant’s safety at risk is never an excellent idea, as it could lead to your being held liable for their pain and suffering. You could execute lawn maintenance on your property yourself, nevertheless, subject to the dimension of your rental home’s lawn, you might want to hire a professional company to show up and carry out these important lawn maintenance tasks for you.

In contrast to killing your time on seasonal maintenance tasks, take into consideration the rewards of enlisting Real Property Management Now to tend to them for you. As a real estate investor, your time is essentially money. Clear your time by picking us to look after your rental property for you. Our property maintenance services will be sure that important seasonal tasks are being performed on schedule and appropriately, keeping your Grand Junction rental property in good shape year-round. To find out more, contact us online or call us at 970-314-7123 today.

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