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Beyond Mowing: Seasonal Lawn Care for Waukesha Rental Homes

Waukesha Rental Property with a Well-Maintained Front YardA lawn that is beautiful, when it has an easily maintained landscape design, is something renters would be attracted to in their search for a rental home. A great yard gives off an extremely good first impression, and first impressions are very important for keeping your Waukesha rental homes occupied. However, the work required to maintain a nice lawn can be overwhelming for some 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 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. 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, another application is advised, 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 promote a healthy lawn all year, you need to mow often and mow early in the spring. Leaving the grass to grow too much and then mowing it down too short could damage the roots and even kill the grass itself. 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.

Good lawn care demands a lot of time and energy, especially if you want to get it right. Even if your tenant has agreed to be responsible for lawn maintenance, you cannot be sure that they can do it consistently or that they know how to do it. Your tenants may not have the skill or experience required to take care of your Waukesha 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 Greater Milwaukee, all of this is taken care of for you. We can help you select the best method of lawn maintenance that is suited to your specific needs. Also, more importantly, we will do regular visits to ensure that your lawns are maintained properly. To know more about what we can do for you, please contact us online or give us a ring at 262-309-6961.

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