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Simplify Lawn Maintenance for Your Rental Property

Close up of a bunch of green clover.It’s often vital to maintain a lush green lawn to improve the curb appeal of your rental property. Single-family rental property owners often struggle with traditional lawn upkeep. Inconsistent lawn care can result from tenants being relied upon for maintenance, as their knowledge and motivation levels vary.

Lawn maintenance can be both time-consuming and expensive when handled personally or through professional landscapers. If you’re looking to maintain a healthy yard without the need for extensive lawn care, clover planting is a great option. Let’s delve into why clover could be an excellent choice for owners of single-family rental properties.

Pros and Cons of Growing Clover

Clover is an excellent choice for improving your rental property’s landscaping, providing a range of advantages. Unlike traditional lawn grasses, clover has a unique capability to fix atmospheric nitrogen, which is vital for plant growth. Planting clover can enable you to attain a vibrant green lawn and foster the healthy growth of adjacent plants.

Clover is also drought-resistant and stays greener for longer periods with regular watering than most grasses. It also serves as a natural repellent to weeds and pests, lessening the need for chemicals or manual weeding. Furthermore, clover requires minimal maintenance as it grows to just a few inches in height, reducing how often you need to mow.

However, there are a few disadvantages to take into account. Clover is not as resilient to foot traffic as traditional grasses and could potentially stain clothing. It flourishes in soil that is kept moderately moist and may face difficulties in arid regions such as deserts. Therefore, if you decide on clover, it is advisable to choose a variety that is native to your area.

How to Plant Clover

Planting clover is easy and beneficial. If you own a grass lawn, rake the topsoil and sow clover seeds. Clover can coexist with grass, enriching the soil with nitrogen, and attracting pollinators. To create a clover-exclusive ground cover, till moist soil, clear away debris, and sow the seeds. Clover does best in well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0, and it requires full or partial sunlight. Planting clover adds to the beauty of an area and makes the health of the soil better.

Types of Clover

When planning to plant clover in your rental property’s yard, it is essential to choose the right type based on your soil and climate. Dutch white clover is a commonly chosen option for lawns. Dutch white clover grows to 4-6 inches and produces beautiful white flowers that bloom intermittently. Despite its drought resistance and modest height, the flowers may require occasional mowing.

Another type of clover you might want to consider is micro-clover. Micro-clover features smaller leaves and blooms less frequently than Dutch white clover, staying under 4 inches in height even with occasional mowing. Its low maintenance requirements make it an excellent choice for property owners who want to reduce their lawn care while still enhancing the look of their yard.

Including micro-clover in your lawn care routine can diminish the need for fertilizers and pesticides, assisting in keeping your lawn healthy and free of weeds. Moreover, micro-clover is a resilient plant that can thrive in different conditions and withstand drought and heat, making it an excellent choice for low-maintenance lawns.

For additional tactics to streamline rental property maintenance and maximize curb appeal, reach out to Real Property Management Lakeside, the management experts in Lakeland. Call us at 863-877-1078 or contact us online.

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