Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Landscaping Maintenance: What Not to Do

For most property managers, landscaping is a necessary evil. Unless you've got a green thumb or are particularly passionate about gardening, landscaping is just another chore to take care of on your to do list. Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management encourages property managers to resist the urge to be lazy, though. Letting landscaping grow wild will only delay the inevitable! Here are some other landscaping habits to avoid:

Using the wrong tools. If your maintenance crew doesn't have access to the tools they need, chances are good an accident - or at the very least, an aesthetic one - can happen. Make sure you've got the basics to offer your staff: lawnmowers, leaf blowers and edge trimmers are a must.

Mowing, blowing and leaving. It's tempting to blow your grass clippings into the street once you've finished mowing the grass, but it looks terrible! Instead, take the extra time to pick up the clippings - you don't want to sacrifice any curb appeal!

Overfertilizing. Even when you contract out to lawn maintenance specialists, this can be a problem. Fertilizing once a season is plenty. Too much and you'll wind up with "fertilizer burn" - brown or yellow grass.

- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management


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