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Beyond Mowing: Seasonal Lawn Care for Palm Harbor Rental Homes

Palm Harbor 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. The first impression an attractive yard gives is important for Palm Harbor rental homes. It contributes a great deal toward keeping your rental property 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 truth is that there is a substantial amount of necessary tasks that are needed to maintain a healthy lawn, some of them 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. Dealing with leaves and debris is important since it enables your soil to absorb fertilizer and water better. 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 the treatment is done early spring, it can block the growth of weeds and crabgrass, and at the same time encourage new growth of grass in any 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.

Finally, to keep your lawn healthy all year, it’s essential to mow often and early in the spring. Permitting the grass to get too high and then trimming it too much can damage the roots, and it may even 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, 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.

Lawn care, if you want to do it right, needs 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 Palm Harbor 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 TradeWinds, 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. Please contact us online or call us at 727-400-4722 to learn more about how we can serve you.

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