Improper pruning kills greenery more often than pests do, so you shouldn’t let your renters be the ones to do it. For strong, healthy greenery and a strong, healthy investment in Fishers real estate, you should understand the proper pruning techniques. Find a landscape company that has a good grasp of this, has the skill and experience, and is willing to handle this crucial part of maintenance for you.
What is pruning and why is it important?
Pruning simply means trimming back overgrowth that can damage a plant or weaken its structure. Cutting away the dead or diseased limbs will lengthen the life of the plant and help prevent infestations of pests on your property. Both will maintain your property value, if not add to it. Pruning also brings other advantages. It allows for the removal of overhanging branches from the sidewalk or driveway. This is very helpful as it makes sure that there wouldn’t be anything that grows into your Fishers rental property’s roof or windows, or surrounding power lines.
If you aren’t proactive about pruning, dead limbs can simply crack off on their own, which might lead to someone getting injured or damage their property– like a vehicle. If you have, in your property, some bushes and trees that are not properly pruned, you could be causing all sorts of problems. These ranges from minor issues such as cuts from thorns to major hazards such as obstructing views of traffic. Additionally, in many areas, you are legally required to maintain the landscape in such a way as to not create a nuisance, block line of vision, or to encroach on property lines or air space.
To avoid lawsuits, perform regular trimming of trees and shrubberies every spring. Making cuts in cold weather can damage the plant. You can train a plant’s branches simply by making slightly angular cuts that will shape its growth in the most attractive or functional direction. Cut above growth buds to preserve flowers.
Why should the resident avoid pruning?
You can give mowing and water to the tenants. However, actual tree trimming and general pruning are best done by professionals. There is just too much liability involved with ladders or risk of landscape damage and tenant injury. Do not forget to communicate this in the lease so your tenant would not topple off a ladder or mishandle power tools while trying to fulfill a vague “landscaping” clause. If you don’t, the potential lawsuits will far outweigh an annual vendor fee.
A different aspect to consider is that not every tenant has a natural green thumb. Their lack of competence just might weaken, warp, or kill greenery that at one time added to your property value can ruin your curb appeal and be an exorbitant slip-up if you have to replant the whole kit and caboodle.
Should you outsource pruning?
The biggest bit of being the owner of a rental property is all about protecting your investment, which implies conducting regular maintenance, inside and out. For safety and insurance reasons, and to see to it that the job is accomplished correctly, consider passing off the landscaping maintenance to professionals. If a tree branch is under 10 cm thick, you’d be able to manage it yourself. For anything substantially larger, phone a skilled maintenance crew for a speedy, risk-free way to the most appealing outcome.
Real Property Management Indianapolis Edge has a network of licensed, insured maintenance staff to perform regular, proactive pruning for your single-family residence in Fishers. We can also manage the entire leasing process, making sure that any landscaping responsibilities are accurately listed and made known to your tenants. Contact us or call 317-420-8500 for more information today.
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