Spring: Property Checklist For Community Managers
Spring season is coming and planting season comes along with it! There’s a lot of work to be done for spring after the harsh weather and cold temperatures of winter. Here’s a checklist to help the community with landscaping:
- Managers begin their plans in dealing with problems and getting their grounds healthy and beautiful for residents after the rain, snow and cold temperatures increase wear-and-tear on landscape and grounds.
- Managers make the initial steps in arranging proper grounds care such as weekly cuttings, weeding, chemical use, weed control, shrub pruning and flower plantings. Once done, biddings take place for contracts.
- Managers conduct a walk-through in early March and make a checklist of what needs to be done. Plants are also checked to see which ones survived the winter and which haven’t, as well as checking the condition for landscaping.
- Landscapers begin cleaning the surroundings by collecting small branches and clearing out leaves. Patching lawns, pruning trees and shrubs, and some weed control as well. Storm drains are also checked and cleaned.
- Planting starts in April. Trees and shrubs that didn’t survive the winter will now be replaced. Topsoil might be added for flower beds or lawns that may have been damaged during the winter. Plants that thrive in certain climates will be carefully chosen so they will benefit from the spring rain and cooler temperatures.
- Trees are inspected every few years by an arborist. Have an arborist to ensure that trees are free of diseases, bugs and fungi because trees are usually damaged in the winter. Trees should be properly maintained after winter so that it will look at its best and will provide needed shade during summer.
- Sprinklers are also very crucial. They must be in proper order and opened up. The sprinkler system should be checked for broken pipes, missing or broken heads and clogged valves. Everything should be inspected for cracks or leaks. Old washers should be replaced as well. Wet, spongy areas in the lawn may have drainage problems. If problem is severe enough, the landscaper will install a drain tile pipe to dry the area.
- Fixing the fences are also advised. While inspecting the ground, also check the fences if they are in need of repair or replacement. Check if they’re still solid and replace fences that are infested with insects or with dry rot. Metal, redwood, cedar or pressure treated posts are advisable.