4 Tips for Fall Lawn Care

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There are plenty of ways to care for your lawn this fall. Consider these tips when choosing to take care of your lawn this fall season.

Ditch the Bag

While mowing your lawn this fall season, consider taking the bag off of the mower in order to allow grass clippings to fall back into the soil. Doing so is an easy way to add free mulch to your lawn, as well as provide it with essential nutrients.

Prevent Compaction

Aerating your lawn in the fall is a great way to make sure that your soil doesn’t become too compact, making it hard for grassroots to grow deeply. Rent an aerator from a local garden center in order to add areas of your lawn where sunlight, water, and energy can get down deep into the soil. Aerate your lawn every year for the most impact while not damaging the lawn as well.

Add Some Seed

Overseeding areas of your lawn that have become thin or bare after a busy summer season can help the environment in many ways. Adding seed to these areas will help to decrease the chance of weeds growing in your yard and becoming a drain on local vegetation.

Fertilize Organically

If you want your lawn to look better and be healthier, fertilize in the fall. This process will give your lawn plenty of nutrients to get it through the winter and help the grass grow stronger in spring. As a result, autumn is the single most important time of year to fertilize. If you decide to aerate in the fall, you should fertilize soon afterward in order to ensure that the nutrients will reach the soil.

All of these autumn lawn care steps must be performed like clockwork. If you seed and fertilize too close to winter, the soil won’t be able to take in nutrients. Aerate while it’s still hot out, and the process will not be nearly as effective. If you struggle to find time to work on your lawn this fall—or if you’d like to put your yard in expert hands—our lawn aeration service can get your lawn in the best shape of its life when spring arrives again.

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Tips for Recruiting BOD Members

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A well-rounded board of directors can offer vision and direction to an organization as well as provide essential skills. One of the best ways to enhance your community and make it the best that it can be is to volunteer as a member of the HOA board. Volunteering is a great way to share your talents and to give back to your community.  For HOA boards, member involvement is crucial to providing responsible and successful HOA management.  At times, filling positions on the board can be a challenge because homeowners have a lot of demands on their time, but having a stable and energetic board is one of the most crucial parts of a successful association.  Here are a few tips on how to recruit potential HOA board members in a positive and encouraging way:

Appeal to the Specific Talents of the Individuals in the Community

Sometimes homeowners feel like they wouldn’t benefit the community because they believe they do not have strengths or talents. However, a board does not simply only need someone who is good at accounting, it needs people with all manner of skills. Find people who like technology, gardening, party planning, or even construction and appeal to their specific skill.

Encourage Those Who Complain to Serve

If a community member frequently complains to board members about board decisions or community issues, they may just make a good board member.  The fact is that if a particular community member knows enough to complain, then they are paying attention to the board and its actions. If you find that they particularly often politely complaining, try to see if you can encourage them to get involved so that they can have an active hand in improving the community.

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Educate & Advocate

Homeowners may be more likely to volunteer for the board if they understand what’s expected of them once they’re a member. This can easily be done in 3 steps.

  1.  Create a board job description –  This document let’s potential board members know what is expected of them and reminds existing board members of their requirements.
  2. Develop an orientation process – Even an hour or two of education for a new board member and by-laws can make the difference between an aware board or an uninformed board. Take the time to make new board members comfortable with the organization, introduce them to key staff and lead volunteers, and refer them to where they can access more information if they need it. Encourage the members to participate in a Board Member Class, Leland Management offers free educational training for board members. This will make them feel included and proud that they will know what is expected and how to partake in their role.
  3. Outline policies on board involvement –  Boards are meant to “guide”  and bring resources and talents to aid the cause, not to micro-manage the community.

Keep board operations transparent

If homeowners feel alienated from the board and its dealings, they’ll be less inclined to participate in any manner. Encourage homeowners to attend monthly meetings, send out newsletters highlighting meeting minutes, keep fresh content on your community’s website to allow everyone to be able to see the calendar to know when the next meeting is at so they aren’t guessing.

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HOA boards do important community business that requires knowledgeable and involved members. Recruiting takes time and effort. Investing time in learning more about the expertise of your members, identifying those you want to encourage, and deciding your method of approach are vital to assembling a great board. Boards do not have to go it alone: association management services (Leland Management), tools, education, and guidance are available. A strong board can lead to a strong community, so taking the time to find real gems in your community will go far. Start improving your recruiting methods today by implementing the ideas listed above today.