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The Who, What, and Why of Allen Fall Pruning

Allen Fall Bush Being PrunedThere are multiple points to be aware of when pruning the trees at your Allen rental property this fall. A large part of the property landholder’s responsibility is that pruning is a required part of keeping your rental property’s landscaping and plants healthy. Pruning is also a principal step in preventing damage to the property. By understanding as much as you can about the who, what, why, and how of fall pruning, you can make sure that this fundamental seasonal task is being administered well by the right people every year

Granted that the most intensive pruning, including tree and shrub shaping, should be done during the growing season, there are vital actions that must be done during the fall season. Removing dead or low-hanging branches, as well as any new growth that is obstructing doorways, driveways, or walkways, is a necessary measure of rental property maintenance. This kind of pruning is about aesthetics and maintaining property value via curb appeal. By pruning away problematic parts of the tree or shrub, you encourage healthy new growth while keeping your plants strong for the upcoming winter.

Keeping trees and bushes trimmed is also a necessary stage of ensuring that your tenants are safe. Dead branches pose a serious safety risk to tenants and other visitors. Should a dead tree fall on a tenant, a visitor, or even a neighbor, you could be held liable for any legal or medical costs. Overgrown trees and bushes can also be more of a risk during severe weather events if they cause damage to vehicles and/or the rental home. If an overgrown tree or bush falls and damages the house or the tenant’s personal property, you may wind up footing the bill.

While the tree or bushes do not fall, overgrown foliage can foster other natures of property damage. Bushes and trees growing near foundations, walls, or other structures can weaken the cement or brick. Roots can push up structures from underneath, cracking foundations alongside other things. Thick foliage also commonly attracts insects and other pests, which can create damage to the property or transmit diseases to your tenants and their pets. All of these are important considerations to make pruning back overgrown trees and bushes an indispensable part of your fall property maintenance.

Although tenants can often be anticipated to carry out basic yard maintenance, pruning is a specific action that you should not compel them to do. A tenant could kill your trees or bushes by not figuring out how and when to prune properly. Their overzealousness or an unsatisfactory result could manifest in even more expensive landscaping repair in subsequent time. Tenants may also use a ladder and other equipment but pay attention that ladders are the cause for more than 164,000 injuries and 36,000 deaths in the United States every year. As the Allen property owner, you could be held liable should any of your tenants injure themselves.

So what’s a real estate investor to do? To avoid a sticky situation, hire an Allen property manager. Real Property Management One Source carries out property management, tenant communication, leaseholds, and more. Our teams of property management experts can secure any necessary fall pruning your property needs making certain that it is well-maintained and as inexpensively as possible. To know more about us and what we can offer property owners such as you, contact us online or call us at 214-721-0727 today.

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