HOA Maintenance Tips: Get Your Property Ready for Early Spring 2015

Before the spring real estate frenzy begins in North Carolina, remember to take care of your HOA maintenance responsibilities. After all, it’s important for potential buyers to quickly recognize the value of investing in your association and one of the best ways to do that is to spruce things up early. This is especially the case if your landscaping includes St. Augustine, Bermuda, Zoysia, Centipede or Carpetgrass turf. They each have special needs that typically arise in the spring.

From now until the end of the month, it is a good idea to remove debris and apply the appropriate herbicides. Remember, St. Augustine and Centipede turf are very finicky when it comes to certain pre and post-emergence herbicides. Examples include monosodium methyl arsenate and the ever popular 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. So, whichever herbicides are selected, they have to be used correctly. Otherwise, they could seriously damage the turf and your HOA’s chances of attracting motivated investors. It’s also a good idea to stay on top of property-wide watering and pruning schedules too.

When March arrives, it may be necessary to apply fertilizers and begin lawn mowing services. Flower beds, shrubs, trees, irrigation systems and hardscapes will need to be looked after. This is also about the time that our HOA maintenance crews begin putting thatch removal, insect, disease and weed control measures in to place. Depending on the turf type, it may be necessary to treat the property for white grubs, nematodes, mole crickets and assorted worms. Taking steps to head off spring dead spot at the pass may be in order as well.

If all goes according to your property’s HOA maintenance plan, it may be possible to begin replanting where necessary by late April or early May. To learn more about getting your HOA’s properties ready for spring buyers, please contact us at Long Brothers Landscaping today. We offer a variety of year-round services, including turf renovation, fertilization, hedge trimming, weed control, string trimming and edging.