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Beyond Mowing: Seasonal Lawn Care for Pleasanton Rental Homes

Pleasanton Rental Property with a Well-Maintained Front YardA 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. The first impression that an attractive yard gives a potential renter is important. It adds a lot toward keeping your rental homes in Pleasanton occupied. But the commitment involved in maintaining a fine lawn can be overwhelming at times for the 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 if you’re serious about maintaining a healthy lawn (and you should be), you’ll need to accomplish a number of tasks– 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. Cleaning up leaves and debris is essential because it lets the fertilizer and water to seep into the soil below. 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 done in early spring, this helps prevent undesired weeds and crabgrass from growing; it also encourages new grass growth on the bare patches. A subsequent application is usually advised about six to eight weeks later, 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. Neglecting to mow the grass and allowing it to get too high is a bad idea because, if you mow it too short, it can damage the roots and 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, together with making sure the lawnmower is adjusted so that you’re removing no more than the top 1/3 of the grass blade each time, will encourage a nice, thick, and full lawn all summer long.

Proper lawn care requires a lot of time and energy. Even if your tenant agrees to take on the responsibility of maintaining your Pleasanton 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 One, 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 925-794-8339.

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