Improper pruning kills greenery more often than pests do, so you definitely don’t want your renters doing it themselves. For strong, healthy greenery and a strong, healthy investment in Hoffman Estates real estate, it’s essential to have the knowledge of proper pruning techniques. Look for a good landscape company with this skill and can perform this important task 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. There are other benefits you can get from pruning. One such benefit is the removal of overhanging branches from the sidewalk or driveway, as this makes sure your Hoffman Estates rental property’s roof or windows, or surrounding power lines are clear from any branches that may ruin them.
If you don’t stay proactive about pruning, dead limbs can simply crack off on their own, which might damage someone’s property, or worse, injure someone. Bushes and trees that were not properly pruned can lead to minor nuisances like 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 hand over mowing and water to the tenants. However, the actual tree trimming and general pruning are best handled by experts as the risks are too high. The liability involved with ladders and the chances for landscape damage and tenant injury is ultimately too risky. Make sure to communicate this in the lease so the tenant won’t topple off a ladder or mishandle power tools while attempting to fulfill a vague “landscaping” clause. If you omit this in the lease, the potential lawsuits will far outweigh an annual vendor fee.
A different concern would be that not all tenants would have 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 key component of being the proud possessor of a rental property is all about protecting your investment, which indicates 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, perhaps you’ll be able to take it on yourself. If it is of considerable size, make a call to a skilled maintenance crew for a rapid, dependable way to the most gorgeous after-effect.
Real Property Management Northwest Chicago Suburbs has a network of licensed, insured maintenance staff to perform regular, proactive pruning for your single-family residence in Hoffman Estates. 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 847-892-4040 for more information today.
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