How To Maintain Your Orlando Yard And Garden

 If you own a rental home in Orlando or live in Orlando. This article will help you understand how to maintain your Orlando yard and garden.  Front Lawns and gardens that look good add a lot of curb appeal to your home and make a great first impression. People visiting you or tenants coming to rent will love how your home looks from the street.

How To Maintain Your Orlando Yard And Garden
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If you’re a rental homeowner, including professional lawn care services within the rent would be wise. Some neighborhoods are set up so the homeowner associations mow your lawns, provide watering, weed, feed, and mulch when needed. The cost of which is usually included in the HOA’s fees. Additionally, some homeowners leave it to the tenants to maintain the lawn care. If this is the case for you, we have a few lawn care tips to help you!

What Are The Basics Of Lawn Care?

Lawn care may seem cut and dry, and most of it is! However, you should know a few things if you are responsible for lawn care at your residence. A few things to consider are why you would want to maintain your lawn in Orlando, what type of grass you should grow, and what to do with weeds. Here are some tips:

  1. There seems to be a collation between how nice your home looks from the exterior to the quality of your applicants. So, ensure you don’t skimp on your curb appeal.
  2. There are two main types of grass in Orlando, Florida. If your grass feels harsh under your bare feet and not soft, you probably have what is commonly referred to as St Augustine Grass. The ideal length to maintain is 3 1/2 inches once it’s been cut, and remember that it will be weakened if cut too short. This type of grass cannot be seeded, and if part of the lawn dies, you will need to plant plugs or patches of grass, which grow runners to join the other parts of the lawn.
  3. Bahia grass is more like pasture grass and feels much gentler under your feet. It can tolerate a lack of water or drought better than St Augustine but rarely gives you that carpet of luscious green grass as St Augustine does. Floratam, similar to St Augustine, grows better on a property with trees.
  4. Weeds- listen up! It’s very important that you don’t pull weeds out alive, this allows the spores to spread all over the garden, and where you had one weed you’ll shortly have at least six more. The best way to control weeds is to spray them with Round-Up, wait a week until they are dead, and then gently pull them out and dispose of them.

Taking Care Of Your Lawn

Whether you are the homeowner or a tenant responsible for lawn care in the home, you may not need a professional service if your lawn is manageable. The basics of mowing are easy to figure out, but what about if your grass is dying? If you find your lawn looks patchy with odd holes or brownish spots here and or there, first, inspect the area surrounding the dead/brown spots. You probably need a sprinkler head or valve replaced or repaired. Generally made of plastic, they often become brittle over time and break. The problem could also be caused by an ineffective sprinkler system that needs upgrading as it doesn’t reach all the areas it should.

Additionally, if you have bugs in your lawn, or if your yard becomes infected with chinch bugs or mole crickets, it can die within two to three weeks. Be on the lookout for these bugs; regular weed and feed spraying will keep them at bay and keep your lawn healthy. Brownish coloration in plants and bushes is due to a lack of water. If they look yellow, this is due to a lack of food. So, you’ll either need to add some more watering to your lawn care schedule or plan to spray it with a good weed and feed treatment.

It may be best to look into a service for major lawn care work if you don’t live locally. This may be a cheaper option than renting or buying the tools needed and can be the safer option as well. The same goes for landscaping renovation unless you have the time and skills! Remember to get copies of their business licenses and insurance if you’re hiring someone to take care of a rental home.

Maintaining Your Orlando Yard And Garden

Feed & Weed: Does the HOA do this, or are you expected to? Feeding and weeding your greenery should be carried out at least two to three times a year. Preferably it should receive treatment every other month. Once it’s been sprayed, it must be watered in within a day, or the chemical you’ve treated it with may burn the lawn. Schedule your lawn care treatments to work with watering days in your neighborhood.

  1. Watering your gardens and lawns: Sometimes, your sprinkler system uses recycled water from the HOA, and it’s included in your dues; otherwise, the owner or the tenant has to pay for the water. From experience, I’d recommend watering just a couple of times per week; around 4 or 5 am is the best time to set your sprinklers. At that time, the ground should be at its coldest, and the landscaping will be able to make the most effective use of the watering. It allows the water a few hours to seep in before the sun comes up and dries it out! There may be specific days in your neighborhood for watering; check it out with your local water provider.
  2. Mulching: Usually renewed in the spring, and sometimes your HOA does this for you too. You’ll find you need to top up your mulch occasionally as it washes away in rain storms. We prefer to mulch in November or December, as a layer of mulch several inches thick will afford your delicate tropical plants a little more warmth and protection against the colder weather! Losing mulch can be minimized by installing gutters on the house or rubber mulch.
  3. If you are the homeowner, then in between tenancies, you will need to maintain this yourself or have your management company do this for you. Anything that requires a ladder needs a professional service.
  4. The grass never stops growing! Weekly lawn area cuts will be needed from April to October. From November through the end of March, bi-weekly cuts and raking up leaves, etc.
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About the author, Anne-Marie McCormack

Anne-Marie McCormack has been a Florida licensed Real Estate Broker since 1996. She has worked as a realtor in property management, rentals and sales in Kissimmee, Davenport, and Orlando, Florida since 1991.

She heads the team at McCormack Realty & Renters Choice Homes and has lots of experience with long-term and short-term rentals and sales. . Anne-Marie owned and operated a short-term-rental, property management company from 1994-2004. Since then McCormack Realty & Renters Choice Homes has focused on long-term rentals and sales of residential, investment homes and vacation homes also known as holiday lets.

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