A great lawn, when combined with an easily maintained landscape design, can be very attractive to renters who are searching for a rental home to stay in. An attractive yard goes a long way in giving a great first impression, and first impressions are crucial for keeping your rental homes at Sammamish occupied. But the work needed to maintain a nice lawn may be quite overwhelming for tenants. 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 there are important tasks that go together with maintaining a healthy lawn, and some of these tasks 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. Another application after six to eight weeks is usually recommended, as well as a dose of 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 make sure your lawn stays healthy all year round, it’s crucial to mow your lawn 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, combined with adjusting your lawnmower to cut no more than the top third of each glass blade, will give you a thick and full lawn that you can enjoy for the whole summer.
To do lawn care right, you’ll need a lot of time and energy. Even if your tenant agrees to take on the responsibility of maintaining your Sammamish rental home’s lawn, you cannot be guaranteed that they will consistently do it or that they have the know-how to do it properly.
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 Eclipse, all of this is taken care of for you. We can help you choose the method of lawn maintenance that best fits your needs. We will also do regular checks to make sure your lawns are being properly maintained. If you want to know more about what we can do to serve you, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 425-209-0252.
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