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Tidying Up Your Eureka Landscapes Before Winter

A Pair of Boys Raking Up the Autumn Leaves in La PlataAs 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 the warm days are replaced with cold winter days. Although it may be tempting to leave the leaves on the ground, that idea isn’t very sound. To make sure that your rental’s lawn and garden stay healthy and to encourage strong roots to grow and help withstand winter temperature, the best practice would be to remove old growth and fallen leaves each fall.

Clearing dead leaves, flowers, and old growth from the yard of your Eureka 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 are under the impression that since fallen leaves and old growth are natural, that it’s okay to imitate nature and let them stay on lawns and in gardens to decompose over the winter. They would be mistaken. The trouble with this approach is that 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. For instance, uncleared leaves and dead flowers can result in common plant diseases that can ruin an otherwise healthy yard. As the debris piles up, it creates a blanket over the grass and other plants. This may trap moisture underneath and can result in damaging mold growths and other issues. Eventually, these diseases will kill existing plants. There is yet another problem that usually comes with uncleared dead leaves. That is the 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. You’re exposing your rental home to great risk. This is the reason why dead flowers, plants, and fallen leaves, have to be removed from the yard before winter arrives.

Some property owners think that it’s a good idea to rely on their tenants to do the autumn landscaping clean-up. This is a risky thing to do. It may not have crossed your tenant’s mind just how important it is to remove dead leaves and flowers, or perhaps they just don’t know the correct way to do it. There’s also the danger they’re exposed to. If your property has tall trees that shed leaves onto the roof or other elevated surfaces, it would be a really bad idea to ask your tenant to get on a ladder to trim tree branches or clear the fallen leaves away.

Not every leaf that falls has to be cleaned up and removed right away. That wouldn’t make much sense. But if you have large leaf falls, that’s a different story. Those should be addressed in a timely manner to prevent damage to your rental property’s landscaping, foundation, and even the roof and gutters. There are some good and efficient ways to get the job done. One way is for property owners to rake 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. Others may ask a professional company to send an experienced team to do the annual clean-up for them. This decision may be the better choice— more efficient and cost-effective— especially if you pick the right company.

Whichever method you end up choosing would be okay for as long as the guiding principle is there— that the care for your rental property’s yard does not put your tenant at risk. If you have spare time, you can be the one to do it. But the saying holds true also for real estate investors: time is money. That is why Real Property Management Humboldt takes care of important seasonal maintenance tasks for property owners who have a lot of things to do. Our first-class property management services will take care of your Eureka rental property so that it may be ready for whatever the winter season brings. Contact us online or call at 707-444-3835 to get started.

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