Lawn Care and Maintenance Guide For Beginners

Maintaining a lawn is not an easy task, especially for beginners. To help you with that we have the best lawn care tips from experts to help you get your best lawn ever. These lawn care basics will guide you on how to start and where to go from there.

1. The Lawn Care Starts From Soil

Soil Testing

First, learn about the qualities of your soil. Take soil samples from your garden to test soil for essential factors such as soil pH in a lab. Include samples for spots with problems. From the lab, you can receive specific recommendations for your lawn care plan. If there are any issues, fix according to lab recommendations. 

Soil Aeration

Air pockets of soil that enable nutrients and water to reach the roots of the grass, over time get reduced. To solve this, aerate the lawn. It will help the lawn to get nutrients and water it demands to grow strong all year long. Spring is a perfect time to organize aeration.

Fertilization

The soil test results will prescribe how much fertilizers your lawn needs (usually per 1,000 square feet), based on its organic matter, structure, and other factors. Also, consider the nutritional needs of the grass that you plant. It is recommended to fertilize the lawn in its growing season every 6 weeks. Feed the lawn with compost or manure. Choose organic options over chemical fertilizers. Consult with a specialist.

2. Grass Selection

There are extensive options for grass selection, that vary in their tolerance of ranges of soil pH, fertility, moisture, and temperatures. They may also be different in their resistance to stresses caused by different factors such as wear, mowing, and insects and diseases. Experts recommend selecting region-appropriate lawn grasses.
As a result, it will require less maintenance time and resources.

3. Watering The Lawn

Plan watering frequency and timing according to the grass type and water needs. In general, the water evaporates less in the morning, so watering in the morning is recommended by experts. If the lawn is newly seeded, water more to support its establishment process.

4. Mowing

Different Grasses have a different optimal height that you should consider planning to mow. When the grass reaches its optimal high start mowing the lawn. Mowing tall grasses will cause difficulties, shock roots, and dull the blades of the mower. When it reaches one-third or more of the suggested mowing height, cut it.

Lawn Care Tips for Each Season 

Care Tips For Spring

  • Don’t mow wet grass. It will increase the chance of spreading grass diseases.
  • Fertilize. In the spring apply fertilizer as your grass begins its most active growth.
  • Aerate in a day when the soil is damp but not soaked.
  • Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weeds from taking root in the lawn.

Care Tips For Early Summer

  • Watch out for grubs. When using insecticides follow all label directions
  • In early summer grass is starting to grow fast, and there will be a need for cutting more than once a week. But mow 1/3 of the grass blade.
  • Weeds that are left after an herbicide application, remove with a garden fork.

Care Tips For Summer

  • Frequent sprinkles of water boost shallow root growth, so deep and infrequent watering is preferable.
  • Regularly clean up any leaves, branches, and debris.

Care Tips For Fall

  • During the fall season keep your lawn free of leaves and other debris.
  • Fertilize the lawn. The grass will store the nutrients in its roots in the dormant period in winter and use them for growth when springs come.

The lawn is considered one of the key important factors for the curb appeal of a property. Well maintained lawn can affect the property value and make it easier to sell. If you need help with lawn care services, contact us, and we will help to organize the lawn care process timely and smoothly

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What is property preservation?

Property preservation term refers to the mortgage field service industry. It is the process of caring for REO properties.

What is REO?

Foreclosed is termed a property that has been legally repossessed and taken back the ownership by a loan lending organization from the homeowner, who took a mortgage loan for funding the home purchase and was unable to make interest and principal payments. The process is entitled as a foreclosure and consists of 6 phases, which can last up to 6 months or more.

When the ownership transfers to the bank the foreclosed property becomes an REO (Real Estate Owned). The final goal of the mortgage lending companies is to sell the property. In general foreclosed homes are getting listed in the market in as-is form. That’s why mortgage companies need REO property preservation services, aimed to maintain the foreclosed property’s condition, prevent degradation, and reserve the property from any current or possible violation.

Property preservation companies serve banks and asset management companies to provide repair, inspection, insurance claim management, maintenance, and other mortgage-related services. Mortgage Filed companies should ensure that the work required by the regulatory guidelines for each loan type is complete and that the property is in conveyance condition. If there are no regulatory guidelines for a specific type of loan, the HUD guidelines will be followed.

What Are Property Preservation Services?

Property Preservation services give a full range of field services which can be combined into custom packages, enabling clients to choose the precise package required for a specific foreclosure. The below-presented list of property management services, may not be comprehensive but it will give you a fair idea of the range of a property management company’s activities. 

REO Appraisal

An appraisal is an unbiased and accurate estimation of a price a buyer might expect to pay or a seller receive for real estate. An appraiser is responsible to make sure that the value of the property is in line with the price being paid. For foreclosed properties, it is important to consider the difference between the “fair market” value and the “quick disposition” value. Our local vendor partners are ready to serve you and handle the specificities of a foreclosure appraisal. 

REO Property Inspections

Inspectors make an in-depth examination of the utilities, Safety, additions/changes, structural components, Grounds, rooms of a foreclosed property. Beautiful wall colors and the neat first appearance of a home may be elusive for a buyer but not for a professional inspector.

There are technical knowledge and skills that certified inspectors possess about the construction of walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, and foundations that as a first time home buyer, you may not even have an idea about.  The examination of safety factors is one of the main reasons for hiring a certified inspector. There are possible safety concerns that inspectors will help you to test and uncover, such as radon, carbon monoxide, and mold. 

What is property preservation


Inspectors will detect the changes done without permission, which eventually may become the financial responsibility of the new owner. And in fact, inspection is crucial for foreclosed properties. To request professional Inspection services fill out our contact form. 

REO Property Maintenance 

Maintenance services may include securing, debris removal/trash out, winterization, mold remediation, lawn maintenance, etc. 

Winterization

To avoid damages from freeze temperatures there is a need to take the necessary steps to winterize plumbing. Correctly handled winterization can save plumbing and heating systems. Otherwise, it can cause damages in systems, and flooding may occur.

Debris removal 

Any type of debris left by the previous homeowners inside or outside the house, get removed. This process also requires a professional approach, such as some debris that may be hazardous and cause health issues. 

Rehabilitation and Renovation Services

In most cases for foreclosed properties, there is a need for remodeling and renovating because of damages caused by previous occupants before the eviction. Rehab & Renovation as a category of services for REO, includes the following list of subcategories: maid and cleaning services, cabinet installation and cabinet repair, electrical, estimation services, plumbers, flooring, roofing, bath and kitchen repairs, concrete, masonry additions/repairs, and mold removal. 

United Field Services is one of the largest property preservation companies in the US which has a trusted and professional network of vendors. We have a dedicated vendor management department as we emphasize the quality of services. Our vendors and licensed contractors are provided training on client guidelines and requirements aiming to provide the best experience to our clients.

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Q&A With A Property Preservation Service Providing Vendor

We have started a series of interviews in a question and answer format (Q&As) with our vendors to talk about some of the challenges and opportunities property preservation service vendors face. This type of discussion with the vendors allows us to identify points where we can make improvements and perfect our customer service. Our main puropse is to make sure their companies are prepared for chalanges and ready to provide high-quality services to our clients.

Here we present an quesiton and answer (Q&A) interview with Steve. Steve’s company provides a full spectrum of property preservation services – securing of property, winterization, debris removal, inspections, lawn maintenance, and rehab & repair services. 

What sets you apart from your competitors?

Our combination of experience, dedication, well-trained staff, and internally developed servicing systems has enabled us to serve as a single-source provider for many of our clients. We provide our clients with critical information regarding a property’s condition, occupancy information and helps to ensure that vacant properties are secure and adequately protected throughout default, foreclosure, and sale.

What are some challenging aspects of running a preservation service company?

Some of the challenges of running our business are to stay up to date on the real estate market. We continue to subscribe to certain webpages and associations to provide this information to our company.

What are your team’s values?

Dignity and respect. This is the foundation of our company. It is how everyone we encounter is treated (colleagues, clients, customers).

What areas of training are you currently prioritizing?

Technical skills are a priority as systems change frequently and it is imperative that we stay up to date on what is being used in the industry.

Property Preservation Service Providing Vendor

How do you track customer satisfaction rate?

Our company has an internal quality control system. Our turnaround time is most important as this is crucial to our clients. We keep any and all client/customer satisfaction emails, letters on file; If we encounter conflict or issue with a customer we address the issue immediately to find a satisfying solution for all parties.

How do you make sure to meet the growing customer needs? 

We feel our customer expectation is to receive the best service possible. Our company, as indicated before, continues to stay at the forefront of the industry standards to meet this expectation.