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Six Ways to Keep Your Home Safe While You’re on Vacation

Mandy Edwards - Thursday, July 13, 2017


Summer vacation season is in full swing! For those of us in the Atlanta area, we may be scrambling to fit in a last- minute trip before the kids start school in just a few weeks.

Whether you're planning to take an out-of-town trip for a couple of days or for a week (or more!), ensuring your home stays safe while you're away is likely one of your top priorities. Some people may turn to high tech solutions for home safety and security. And while that is certainly a good option, there are many other effective ways (of the low-tech type!) that are tried and true -- and they don't require remote accessibility via smart phone. 

Here are six ways to keep your home safe while you're on vacation:

1) Put a hold on the mail. You can do easily this easily online through the USPS. Mail piling up in the mailbox (or packages lingering at the door) is a dead giveaway that nobody’s home. It’s also an easy and convenient and one less thing that a neighbor or family member doesn’t have to worry about (or forget). If you get home delivery of a newspaper (or any other regular deliveries) make sure to request a hold for them, too.

2) Keep potential intruders guessing. If the lights are on, it can help deter possible intruders by letting them think that someone is home. Simple timers on lights in the front room(s) of your home make it appear that you’re there. Don’t just leave lights on (although it’s better than leaving the house dark). Timing them so they come on for the evening hours looks more natural. As well, having a car sitting in the driveway at various times gives the appearance of normal activity, so ask a friend or close neighbor if he or she can park their car occasionally.

3) Keep the lawn looking tidy. On an extended vacation, you’ll want to have the lawn cared for. This includes regular mowing and watering. If you don't have a regular lawn service, you consider asking friends or neighbors with kids who are looking for a way to make some extra money. 

4) Let your immediate neighbors know your travel plans. Tell them when you’re leaving, and when you expect to be back. Share phone numbers so you can check in and vice versa. A watchful neighbor is one of the best security systems around!

5) Be wary of posting your plans on social media. Anything posted as ‘public’ on social media is seen by a lot of people! If you want to post pictures, check your security settings to assure only friends and family are seeing them. Or, even better, wait until you're back home to post the pictures.

6) Don’t hide keys in obvious place. Believe it or not, burglars know about those fake rocks that many of us think are safe places to hide keys. They’ll check under the mat, in the mailbox, under planters, and so on. To be on the safe, give an extra key to a trusted neighbor. That way, someone is able to check on your home in case of an emergency. As well, if you need a key when you return, it will be in a safe place.

Vacation time is exciting and fun for the family. Taking a few simple precautions up front means you can enjoy your trip worry-free and feel confident that your home will be safe while you're away.

The Top Things You Need To Let Your Landlord Know About

Mandy Edwards - Thursday, July 06, 2017


Entering into a rental agreement means you’re legally bound to a contract between you and your landlord. Once a contract is signed, each party has certain rights as well as liabilities (which vary by state).

At the top of that list of rights includes a tenant’s safety. As such, you may have questions or concerns come up during your lease which could potentially impact your safety and the safety of those who live around you. If you choose to ignore or even hide potential or outright hazardous issues you could find yourself facing eviction -- or worse.

Here’s a quick list of the top things you need to let your landlord know about:

  1. Getting a pet. Adopting a pet is a wonderful change in your life! But your lease probably has provisions about pets on the property. Pets are a damage risk to the property owner, and most have policies, including pet damage deposits. So check out the rules and let your property manager or landlord know when you’ve added a furry friend to your family. Hint: A kitty in the window every day is a dead giveaway.
  2. Getting a roommate. Again, the provisions of your lease probably cover this, but if you’re depending on a roommate as a reliable source for part of the rent, the landlord must be informed. That way, they can make the required credit and background checks and everything will be on the up and up. Extra occupants mean extra wear and tear, more comings and goings and use of parking, etc. Chances are you won’t get away with an elicit occupant for very long.
  3. Maintenance issues. If you have a plumbing problem, don’t let it linger! It could cause damage, and the property owner wants to limit that as much as possible. While a tenant-caused plumbing issue may result in an additional charge, widespread damage from a plumbing issue will cost a lot more.
  4. Water stains. The occupants below may be the first to know when someone above has a plumbing problem. If you detect water spots on ceilings or walls, let the property manager or landlord know. On upper floors, water stains may indicate roofing leaks that could spread quickly and even be a safety issue for you and other residents.
  5. Insect infestation. Varying by your geographic location, insects are very often a problem in rental properties. If you have ants, roaches or bedbugs, let the landlord know. Your neighbors may be noticing too, especially if the bugs are indigenous. In many cases, taking care of insects is both a service provided by the property owner and a priority for them to avoid additional costs in eradication. Remember, too, that bugs are attracted to food, water, and warmth. A good way to avoid bug issues is to make sure you keep food sealed, and that your place stays tidy.


As a renter, you’re part of a community which includes your neighbors and your management/property owner. Being upfront about issues and changes is the best way to keep everybody safe within your community.


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Choosing a Property Management Company for Your Rental Property

Mandy Edwards - Thursday, June 29, 2017


One great aspect of owning a rental property is its earning potential. While you may have other motivation behind ownership, one important factor to consider is how much time and effort go into actually managing a rental property.

That's where choosing a property management company for your rental property comes in. And, of course, you want to make this decision carefully. “You are entrusting probably one of the biggest investments you’ll make into the hands of someone else, so you want to make sure you feel confident that they’ll handle things the way you want them to,” says Grace Langham, CEO of Nest DC, an award-winning boutique property management firm in Washington, D.C.

Keeping this in mind, here are a few items for you to consider when choosing a property management company:

Information and communication

Your property manager should keep you informed about the status of your property proactively. Items such as upcoming maintenance expenses, lease renewals, and general inspection information should be readily available to you as the property owner. The method of communication may vary from telephone conversations with property management staff to texts, emails, or even online access via the web or remote app.

Renters

A major objective of renting your property is to maximize its earning potential. A property manager should understand your rental objectives (long term for an income property, short term for vacation rentals, etc.). This is critical in keeping the property at maximum earning capacity. Additionally, a reputable property management firm is well versed in local laws and ordinances, understands renters’ rights, and treats renters fairly while representing your interests adequately.

Fees

Fees are generally computed as a percentage of monthly lease rates. Be sure you understand the entire fee structure when making your property management company decision. What is the rate? How is it billed/collected? What about additional fees regarding maintenance, legal issues, or unforeseen things like insurance claims? A good property management firm that serves your best interests is motivated to keep your property in good condition, occupied and earning.

Inspections and Oversight

It’s important that you (and therefore, your property manager) have periodic updates regarding the status and condition of your property. Management visits accomplish this. The frequency of your visits may vary, as you may not want to be intrusive. However, your property management firm must inspect and validate the property’s condition as a part of their services. This protects both you and tenants, and helps keep you informed and less likely to be surprised by any maintenance issues or occupancy conditions that are unwarranted.

Marketing

A property management firm you choose should be able to demonstrate effective means to keep your property occupied in order to maximize its earnings potential. This includes using a variety of marketing channels and technologies which assure optimal visibility when the property is vacant or otherwise available for rental. A property management firm should also be able to demonstrate expertise in the market where your property stands in order to assure optimal rental rates.

Technology

We are an on-demand generation of technology. Your property management firm should be making good use of all available technology for each of the items above. Communication, marketing, maintenance, and reporting should all be available to them (and to you) in a convenient and timely manner.


Although there are a variety of different objectives involved in owning a rental property, your specific goals should be aligned with the property management company you choose. In the long run, this will assure your satisfaction and help alleviate the stress involved in managing your rental property.


Related Resource

Zillow How to Choose a Property Manager for Your Rental Home

How to Grow Your Own Food on a Patio or Balcony

Mandy Edwards - Thursday, June 15, 2017


What’s better than fresh produce in the summer? If you live in a rental home or apartment with limited outdoor space, you may think growing your own fruits and/or vegetables is impossible.

It turns out it’s both possible and practical to grow your own food. With a little research, sweat, and ingenuity, you can successfully grow a nice little garden on a patio or balcony!

Consider these questions as you start planning the patio or balcony garden of your dreams

Which fruits and veggies do you like? Make sure your planting area has the space and environment for the things you want to grow. You may love watermelon, but it’s good to know that it grows on long tendrils that are not suited to a small garden space.

What conditions do your preferred plants need? What sun exposure needs/temperature tolerance do they have? What planting depth do they require? If your patio/balcony faces north, you may have to adjust your plant choices. If you have direct sunlight all day, consider the heat tolerance of your plants.

What plants will grow in boxes/containers? An obvious choice for small-space gardening (like in pots, planters or containers) is herbs. Which fresh herbs match your cooking style or dietary needs? Tomato plants grow up more than out, so if you like fresh tomatoes they make an excellent container plant. Even pole beans can work, given the upward space and something to hang on to! In planter boxes, consider lettuces, radishes or chives.

Do you have the time and commitment necessary to maintain a garden? Watering is a chore, but it’s a shame to do all the planting work only to have your plants dry up from heat and lack of watering. Luckily, growing in planters and pots won’t require a lot of weeding!

What about soil and fertilizer? Your local garden/home store can help you with soil specific to growing in pots or containers. These are specifically suited to this purpose to retain water and provide ample nutrients. You can mix in some water-soluble fertilizer at planting time, and add supplements along the way. Be sure to water when you fertilize.

What plants grow together well in a pot or box? You can match plants that have compatible depth and space requirements to make the most of your patio garden. For example, tomatoes and onions grow well together, as do lettuces and herbs.


A bountiful patio or balcony garden isn’t impractical or even all that complicated. You will have a great time tending to it, too! Plus you’ll have the satisfaction of having your own fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruits to add to your summer menu.


Related Resources

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Effortless Landscaping Tips for a Beautiful Backyard this Summer

Mandy Edwards - Thursday, June 08, 2017


Have you ever attended a cookout at a friends’ or neighbors’ house and left feeling envious of their gorgeous backyard? Of course, you have! You may feel even more envious if you strongly dislike or have no time for doing the yard work most landscaping requires.

There’s no reason why you, too, can’t have a beautiful backyard for summer parties, entertaining, or simply relaxing. It turns out you can design your landscape in ways that require little maintenance to continue looking great all summer long.

Here are some (practically) effortless landscaping tips to help you create your own backyard oasis:


1. Rocks are ideal for interesting and low-maintenance landscaping. You can use rocks to create walkways and decorative accents. For small yards or yard areas where grass doesn’t grow well, you can cover entire areas with rocks. One of the best reasons to use rocks? Grass doesn’t grow on them which means less mowing on your part!

2. Install a platform deck to enjoy time in your backyard with less mowing. One of the simplest DIY decks is the platform deck, which has no steps or railings. And, although a deck requires some maintenance, it’s minimal when you use the right types of wood for it.

3. Plant tall grass that you won’t have to mow at all. Ornamental grasses such as switchgrass, bluestem, muhly, and fountaingrass all grow quickly and require very little, if any, care. Tall grasses also help create organic privacy, which can be a nice perk if you wish to sunbathe on your new platform deck without an audience.

4. Build attractive pathways with pavers. Pavers are decorative stones which are cut into a variety of shapes, such as squares and rectangles. Just like rocks, these pathways built with pavers require little or no maintenance once installed. And, of course, the more area covered with pavers, the less grass that needs mowing.

5. Invest in fake grass. Believe it or not, faux turf has come a long way. In other words, it no longer looks like what you’d see on a putt-putt course! It’s also perfect for people who have little time for mowing or yard maintenance.

6. Add splashes of color to your yard with objects rather than flowers. Strategically placed color can make a huge impact on your backyard’s appearance, and you don’t even need to plant a single flower for positive results. Take your yard from “blah” to “wow” by using brightly painted chairs, benches, planters, birdbaths, and more. Some call it “yard art,” and there are so many ways you can use it create a beautiful backyard.


What are your favorite landscaping tips for a beautiful backyard that will make your summer cookout guests envious?

 

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Steps for College Grads When Renting Their First Apartment

Mandy Edwards - Thursday, June 01, 2017


We’d like to say, "Congratulations!" to all the new college grads out there! Perhaps you’re preparing to embark on a career, further your education, get married or make other major life changes? Either way, you’ll be starting a new chapter in your life and it’s definitely something to be excited about.

One major life decision you may be considering is whether to rent or purchase your first home. Many college grads choose to begin their lives as a “grown up” by renting an apartment.

It’s important to know that renting an apartment is an important decision and should be taken seriously. The last thing a college grad needs is a poor first rental experience or even a broken lease on their financial records.

To help make the experience positive and smooth, here are some steps college grads should take when renting their first apartment:


  • Research. It’s important to consider all aspects of your apartment search. For example, the location is key. Will it be an easy commute to work? Is the apartment complex close to the conveniences you’ll need, such as grocery stores, entertainment venues, and the family or friends you’ll be hanging out with a lot? Also, begin your search when it’s close to your move. If you’re considering an apartment complex, check online reviews about the management/community.
  • Expenses. More likely than not, your apartment will be unfurnished. Make sure your budget will accommodate the items you’ll need to eventually purchase to make your apartment comfortable to live in. Keep track of all your existing budget items too, such as your car payment, student loans, and existing credit card debt.
  • Credit. In most cases, a rental application will include a credit check. It’s good to know what that’s going to look like in advance so obtaining a copy of your credit report is a good idea. Sites such as freecreditreport.com will provide you with a copy of your credit reports for no cost. That way if something unexpected shows up that may negatively affect your credit then you can deal with it before you apply. Rental applications usually require proof of employment, documentation of income, etc. Take time to gather those document so you’re prepared to supply that information if needed.
  • The big picture. Special promotions that offer discounts or waive application or move-in fees always sound great and most are legitimate. However, make sure you understand all the terms and conditions that are involved. Compare the bottom line costs since those “discounts” may end up being recovered as expenses somewhere else.
  • Roommates. Moving in with your best friend or friends may seem like a good idea at the time. But living together can strain even the strongest of friendships. Talk seriously with potential roommates about lifestyle, splitting expenses, divvying up chores, etc. It helps to get financial arrangements in writing too. If your potential roommate has credit or employment/income issues, it could make a difference in where you live – or who you live with.
  • Understand your lease. This is especially important since you’re essentially signing a binding contract. Ignorance of rules and stipulations will not help if conflicts arise. However, some provisions may be negotiable, but only if you’re aware of them up front. The lease document often outlines useful information that will help you get to know more about your landlord/management company as well.
  • Know your rights. If conflicts do arise, it’s essential to know and understand your rights as a tenant and these may not be obvious in a lease. Check with the state where you’ll reside to find information about any legal rights tenants have there.

Moving to your first apartment should be exciting and fun! Considering all of these important aspects of the process will help you be prepared and confident as you start this next stage in your life. 


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Redecorating a Rental Without Breaking the Rules

Mandy Edwards - Thursday, May 25, 2017


People choose to rent a home over purchasing for a variety of reasons. Although some people have no trouble calling a rental “home,” others may feel ambivalent about making changes to a home they don’t actually own outright. 

It turns out there are plenty of ways to make a rental home yours, though, and to have it reflect your style and personality -- usually without breaking any rules or your bank. With just a bit of creativity, ingenuity, and patience, you can transform a rental into your home. Before embarking on improvements though, it’s always a good idea to check your lease and/or with the owner/landlord for permission and approval.

Here are a few ideas for redecorating a rental to make it feel more like home:


The most obvious improvement is a coat of paint. This doesn’t take too much work, is fairly inexpensive, and is likely to be okay with the landlord. Be careful not to choose colors that might require you to repaint when you vacate though! If a full coat of paint isn’t feasible, consider washing the walls, trim and floorboards. Or perhaps paint the trim in a nice accent color.

Removable wallpaper adds character and accent to spaces like the kitchen and bathroom. Again, choose neutral colors and patterns and be sure to buy enough to cover you for installation mistakes! Hanging wallpaper isn’t as easy as it looks.

Upgrade light fixtures. Add ambiance to your living space with unique lighting. Most home stores carry up-to-date and reasonably priced fixtures. Also, you might want to check out antique shops, second-hand stores or online sites for unique fixtures with character and flair!

Swap out kitchen and bathroom cabinet hardware. Many rentals are equipped with basic and sometimes even unattractive accenting hardware. Simply swapping out cabinet handles can add a personal touch to your rental. Make sure to keep the old hardware in a safe place so you can replace it when you leave.

Window treatments. Who says you have to settle for the generic, boring blinds which seem so ubiquitous in many rental homes? Add immediate elegance by covering your windows with curtains and/or valences which will accent your room. You can even add a touch of drama by using extra-long drapes to cover short windows.

Clean up the bathroom(s). A new, modern showerhead can definitely make a big difference in the appearance of a bathroom. Scrub away mildew and re-caulk around the shower/tub for a clean look. Install an arcing shower rod and hang a decorative shower curtain and liner.


Although some of these may seem like small changes, they’ll actually go a long way towards making your rental feel more like home. 


Related Resource

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Fun and Educational Getaways in Atlanta and North Georgia

Mandy Edwards - Thursday, May 18, 2017


Summertime is right around the corner and many people are planning to take vacations during the next few months. If you’re a parent of school-aged children, you are probably also seeking out ways to keep the kids entertained during the hot summer days.

In Georgia, we’re fortunate to have plenty of fantastic, family-friendly vacation options that are all within driving distance. Whether you’re interested in taking a day trip or a long weekend, there is something for everyone.

Here are five fun and educational destinations the entire family will enjoy:

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Who doesn’t love a train ride? The three-hour round trip from Blue Ridge to McCaysville on the Georgia/Tennessee line is the perfect day trip for kids of all ages. The full journey is 26 miles and the train reaches a top speed of ten miles per hour following the course of the Toccoa River along the way. There is even an open air car for the best views of the beautiful scenery, and the conductors keep you entertained and informed along the way with in-car speakers.

Click here to learn more.

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

This popular attraction in Atlanta features the history of the famed civil rights leader, including his boyhood home and the Ebenezer Baptist Church. The King Center displays information and artifacts from and about Dr. King’s life.

Click here to learn more. 

Georgia Aquarium

With over 10 million gallons of fresh and saltwater exhibits, Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere and features over 10 thousand aquatic animals from about 500 species. Georgia Aquarium offers several special exhibits including Ocean Voyager, Georgia Explorer, River Scout, Cold Water Quest, Dolphin Tales, and Tropical Diver, along with special events like Military Salute on Memorial Day and Sleep Under the Sea.

Click here to learn more.

Six Flags Over Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia is a large amusement park with something for every adventurous spirit, from thrilling roller coasters to family and kids rides and the Hurricane Harbor waterpark (a great way to beat the summer heat, right?). The park sponsors many special events and offers various visit packages. One cool feature is the Flash Pass that allows you to hold your place in line at popular rides so you can enjoy other attractions and get an alert when it’s your turn to ride!

Click here to learn more.   

Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain is a fascinating geologic formation – a large dome of rock (the largest granite outcropping in the world) with an elevation of 1686 above sea level and over 800 feet above its surrounding area. It is also a place of cultural and historic interest. The mountain summit is reachable by a walking trail and aerial tram. Once you reach the top, you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of downtown Atlanta to the west and, on clear days, Kennesaw Mountain and the Appalachian Mountains.

On the north face of the mountain is the largest bas-relief carving in the world, depicting three figures of the Confederacy – Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, on their trusty steeds. Around Stone Mountain you’ll find Confederate Hall, offering educational presentations about the geology and history of the Stone Mountain and The Antebellum Plantation and Farmyard, which is a museum depicting plantation life in pre-Civil War Georgia.

Click here to learn more.


Of course, there are many other attractions in the area that are great for day trips or vacations. Where are your favorite places to travel in the North Georgia area?

Finding the Right Rental Home for Your Family

Mandy Edwards - Thursday, May 11, 2017


Many of us rent our first homes before taking the plunge into homeownership. Renting offers unique benefits over purchasing a home, especially when you are first getting starting on your own. Some of the benefits include not having to worry about intimidating mortgage payments or issues with maintenance and repairs.

However, some people choose to continue renting throughout their lives for a variety of reasons. Many people think they must buy a house once they marry and/or start a family. Homeownership may not be realistic for you though, due to financial or other reasons. A rental home can be a perfect solution for you either temporarily or permanently.

Of course, your rental goals will be considerably different when you have children, or if you’re planning to start (or increase) a family. You’ll want to make sure your rental home meets everyone’s needs.

Here are some helpful tips to consider for finding the best rental home for your family

 

Access to School and Community Amenities

For parents, a location near schools is desirable. You can research the school district online, ask about schools in forums and groups, and even arrange to visit schools to assess how they meet your family’s needs. If you’re close enough for your children to walk to school, make sure there are sidewalks and safe street crossings. This applies to local amenities, too. Being within walking distance to the store or parks, for example, can be a nice perk.

Location, Location, Location

Be honest about your priorities for location, both in the area in which you’d like to live and in the community you choose. If a community has a playground, it might be nice to be close enough to keep an eye on the kiddos while they play. Also consider whether you would like easy access to community amenities such as a swimming pool, in-unit storage and laundry, and covered parking.

Safety and Security

Some older communities may have been built before occupant safety was a big consideration. If the home you’re interested in looks like it was built before the 1970s, ask the landlord or management about lead inspections and lead-free certification. Also, consider factors such as climbing stairs, how windows are situated in common areas, and what type of building security is provided. With very young children, you may want to check with your landlord before undertaking any child-proofing which requires drilling holes to ensure such modifications are okay.

Pets

Many young families have pets. If you have or want to include 4-legged family members in your rental decision, make sure you choose a community with a liberal pet policy and with pet-friendly features like nearby dog parks. Consider meeting the pets of any nearby neighbors, too. Fido or Kitty may (or may not) like their new neighbors!

Space

One thing at a premium in any home is space, and even more so in a rental situation. While there are many creative ways to create storage space, the overall size of your rental must meet your needs. For small families, a small bedroom or den works for the kid(s), but as the family grows, you’re going to want more space. Kid’s stuff is forever multiplying! Some communities will allow you to move to a larger apartment if you need it.

The Hassle of Looking (and Finding)

For many of us, finding a rental home may not be our most preferred way to spend a day. Remember, this is your families’ home you’re looking for! Although it’s not like buying, it’s still a serious process involving many considerations. Be wary of shortcuts and online “deals.” Always work directly with a property owner or a reputable management company and never sign any papers or make any payments without seeing a home for yourself. We love shopping online, right? But there’s nothing like finding a new home in person.


Keeping these considerations in mind while you search for a family rental will assure your safety, comfort, and happiness in your new rental home!


Related Resource

Zillow 6 Factors to Consider When Seeking a Family-Friendly Rental

Tips to Prepare Your Lawn for Summer

Mandy Edwards - Thursday, May 04, 2017


Spring is a time of rejuvenation and your lawn is probably proof of that. For many of us in the south, it's about the only time of year where our lawns look their best. Summer heat and less rain may soon start taking their toll.

However, with careful analysis and planning, you can enjoy a lush, healthy lawn all summer long.

Here are some helpful tips to take now to prepare your lawn for summer:

1. Test the soil. Home testing kits are available at various hardware and home improvement stores. Testing tells you several things about the health of your lawn, such as its pH level. Knowing this will help you determine the extent to which fertilization or other treatments are necessary.

2. Aerate if the lawn wasn’t aerated in the fall. Experts may differ on when aeration is recommended, but the intent is clear: to penetrate the ‘thatch’ over the soil and allow for proper levels of oxygen and water to reach the roots.

3. Be mindful and practice fertilization and weed control carefully. Weed control chemicals are very narrow in their application spectrum. It's important to remember they are poisons that you’ll want to keep to a minimum. For fertilizing, you want to make sure you add just enough to properly nourish your lawn without allowing runoff.

4. Seed bare patches. Do this as soon as growth has started. The best time is while the soil is moist and soft, but not saturated. Hardware and home stores usually carry a wide variety of seed types. It's also a good idea to choose the seeds best suited for your specific environment. This includes factors such as full sun vs. shade, and moisture level, etc. Ask for help from an expert to get the right seed for your specific needs.

5. Tune-up your mower and sharpen the blade. A dull mower blade rips the tops off the grass rather than cutting it cleanly, which causes unnecessary damage to your lawn. A well-tuned and maintained mower performs its job efficiently and lasts longer too!

6. Be careful to time the first mowing of the season by testing the height of the grass. You don’t want the mowing deck so low you end up “scalping” the grass down to the soil. Set the mowing height low to remove dead tops from the grass. Also, make sure you avoid seeded areas to allow them to become more established before cutting.


Following these easy tips give your lawn a great chance to emerge, grow and thrive in the in hot, dry months ahead. There's nothing much better than a lush carpet of grass for fun in the sun and family activities in the yard during the summer months!


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