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Summer Landscaping Tips to Keep Your Rental Property Looking Great

As a landlord, it is essential to take care of your property’s landscaping throughout the year, including the summer months, which can be pretty brutal here in the Waco, TX area. If you are wondering how to keep your investment looking lush and green in such extreme heat, we have some simple tips that can help.

1.) Take control of the weeds before they take control of your lawn.

As any Texas homeowner will tell you, the hot and humid temperatures result in some pretty stealthy weed growth that can feel impossible to tackle. The key is to use pre-emergent and post-emergent products that essentially target the weeds before and after they grow. Ready-to-spray formulas can be used on weeds directly, while spreadable granules attack the weeds at the root. A combination of each throughout the season should do the trick, especially in the early spring and fall. Organic options are available.

2.) Water your rental property’s lawn several times per week.

Texas lawns require one inch of water per week via rain or sprinkler system. When watering, it is crucial to ensure that there is no excess water hitting the sidewalk or street; and adhere to any restrictions. The best time to water the lawn here in Waco, TX, is in the morning, as it usually cooler with less wind. It also prevents the water from being evaporated before hitting the roots. Did you know that watering your lawn at night increases the chance of fungi and bacteria growth? Both can destroy your rental property’s yard!

3.) Dead spots should be aerated, then fertilized.

The intense temperatures here in Central Texas cause soil to become stiff and compacted, preventing air, water, and fertilizer from reaching your lawn’s root system. Lack of air is the reason for dead spots, patches, and thinning. You can aerate your rental property by using a core aerator or a steel spike aerator, which you can purchase at a local hardware store. Aeration will decrease soil density and provide the grass with better access to water and nutrients. Once complete, feel free to plant any seed and fertilize the area.

4.) Consider planting native plants that can handle the hot weather.

Landscaping with native plants is in your best interest as they can typically handle the warmer, drier temperatures better than most. These perennials thrive in sunlight and are generally low maintenance, except needing a trim throughout the year. Some to consider are Salvia, Verbena, Daisies, Blue Sage, Bee Balm, Coral Bells, and Hibiscus. Some annual flowers that do well here in Waco, TX, are Pansies, Periwinkles, Snapdragons, and Sweet Alyssum. All are easy to care for and will make your rental property pop for new and existing tenants!

5.) Have the lawn mowed 2-3 times per month, at least.

While navigating lawn care can be challenging, it is vital to upkeep your rental property’s overall appearance. You should cut your lawn at least once per week, or every other, preventing your rental property’s lawn from becoming overgrown and unmanageable. When you mow your investment property’s lawn regularly, it helps ensure water is delivered correctly and that fertilizer or weed killers can reach the soil. It is also essential to prevent pests, including rodents and mosquitos.

We are a locally owned and operated Property Management Company here in Waco, Texas. We have over 30 years of experience. Whether it be lawn care, home maintenance, or rent collection, we handle it all. Our goal is to maximize the return on your investment. Contact us today to learn more: 254-651-0576!


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