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Tidying Up Your Homestead Landscapes Before Winter

A Pair of Boys Raking Up the Autumn Leaves in HomesteadAs the autumn leaves begin to fall and summer flowers fade, it is important to clear them out of your rental property’s garden and yard before winter brings in colder days. Although it may be tempting to leave the leaves on the ground, there are a lot of reasons why this should be avoided. So that your rental’s lawn and garden continue to stay healthy and also to encourage strong roots so that your plants can withstanding winter temperatures, your best course of action is to remove old growth and fallen leaves each fall.

Clearing dead leaves, flowers, and old-growth from the yard of your Homestead rental property is more than just a show of neatness. Cleaning up a home’s exterior affects more than just its mere appearance. Some property owners wrongly think that because fallen leaves and old-growth are natural, that it’s fine to leave them on their lawns and in their gardens to decompose over the winter. The danger of taking this approach is that the layers of dead leaves and other debris can smother lawns and other plants, preventing air, light, and essential nutrients from penetrating the ground below. Healthy landscape plants and grass rely on a healthy root system, which in turn relies on abundant access to water, air, and light.

Now, having healthy plants is already a huge reason to clear your rental property’s fallen leaves and dead garden plants, but that’s still not the only reason. There are additional reasons to clean up. One reason is that uncleared leaves and dead flowers can result in common plant diseases that can ruin an otherwise healthy yard. As the debris piles up, it covers everything else. This may trap moisture underneath and can result in damaging mold growths and other issues that will kill existing plants. Another risk taken when dead leaves remain uncleared is the likely increase in insects and other pests. Many kinds of roaches, spiders, and small mammals flourish in layers of rotting foliage. As the population of these pests explodes outside, they would slowly reach more areas and eventually reach the inside of your rental home. There is so much at stake. This is why dead flowers, plants, and fallen leaves have to be removed from a rental home’s yard before winter arrives.

There are a number of property owners that rely on their tenants for their autumn landscaping clean-up. This isn’t a good idea. Tenants may not know the extent of how removing dead leaves and flowers can affect the home; they may also not know how to remove them properly. Tenants may also be risking their safety, and that would be a terrible thing for a property owner. For example, if your property has tall trees that shed leaves onto the roof or other elevated surfaces, the last thing you’d want to do is ask your tenant to get on a ladder to trim tree branches or clear the fallen leaves away. That would be a really bad idea.

Not every leaf that falls has to be removed immediately. That wouldn’t be practical. But large leaf falls, however, must be addressed in a timely manner. You have to deal with them to prevent damage to your rental property’s landscaping, foundation, and even the roof and gutters. There are different ways to efficiently do the job. One such way by raking fallen leaves onto the lawn and then use a mulching mower to shred them into fine particles, which will sift down into the soil and fertilize the grass. Some property owners prefer this method. Others would source it out and hire a professional company to step in and do an annual clean-up. This method could actually be more efficient and economical.

Whichever way you’d decide would be fine. Just remember that the priority when making that decision is caring for your rental property’s yard without putting your tenant at risk. If you have time to spare, you can do it yourself. But the saying holds true also for real estate investors: time is money. That is why Real Property Management Sunshine takes care of important seasonal maintenance tasks for property owners that value their time. Our excellent property management services will give your Homestead rental property great care that would help get it ready for the harsh winter season and all that it may bring. Contact us online or call at 305-930-7867 to get started.

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