Tenant Summer Newsletter
Is Your Lawn Forlorn?
Proper Water Application and Mowing Creates a Low-Maintenance, Drought-Tolerant Lawn.
How much should you water? How often? How short? Here are some key points:
- Water deeply every other day in the intense heat of July and August to encourage roots to grow deep.
- Your sprinklers need to water long enough to put down 3/4” of water.
- Don’t water so long that it runs down the street.
- Water early in the morning, between 6 and 10am is best.
- If you can’t push a 6” screwdriver into your lawn, you’re not watering enough.
- If you have automatic sprinklers, check them regularly to be sure you’re getting complete coverage.
- Mow once a week.
- Don’t mow more than 1/3 of the blade length, it is harmful to grasses.
- Tall turf will help choke out weeks, reduce water evaporation, and generate a healthier root system.
- Mow to 4” in height during the heat of summer, reducing to 3” in the cooler shoulder seasons.
When your sprinklers were turned on, the weather was still moderately cool. The heat of the summer will be upon us soon and your sprinkler timer may need to be adjusted to accommodate the above-suggested watering system.
Even with an efficient sprinkler system, sometimes the Idaho summer weather can be so hot and dry spot watering is necessary to keep the lawn healthy. Please keep your eyes open for problem dry spots in your lawn. It could be the fault of a malfunctioning sprinkler, or an area that is particularly exposed to the sun and becomes dry before the rest of the yard. If it’s a faulty sprinkler head that’s causing the lawn to dry out, please call us so we can get it fixed. If it’s just the scorching heat that is making the blades parched, give it a little love with a deep soak from a hose a few times a week.
T’is the Season To Change the Filters
It’s simple, it’s cheap and it will save you money and your health!
A dirty air filter makes your HVAC system work harder, which costs you money$
If you don’t think that changing your filter is important, here are a few reasons why you should change the filter to your HVAC system.
- It’s a condition of your lease agreement
- The U.S. Department of Energy says that replacing a dirty filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 to 10 percent. That will save you money on your energy bill.
- Do you have allergies? If anyone in the household suffers from allergies, you should be changing the filters more often than recommended. This will help remove more of the allergens from the air in your home. If the filter is full and dirty, it won’t be able to trap them.
- Do you have Pets? The majority of cats and dogs shed, and their hair gets everywhere. That includes your filters, which will alter the performance of your HVAC system.
- We know everyone loves to save money, but buying a cheap air filter most likely means you’re going to have to replace it more often, which in the long run will probably be cost the same as buying a better quality filter.
- Ask your Lowes or Home Depot sales associate for help in choosing the right filter for your system.
Your Hoverboard is Officially Unsafe!
Back in February the US Government Agency, CPSC put hoverboard manufacturers, importers and retailers on notice: meet safety standards or face recall or seizure at ports.
If you have a hoverboard, beware! Your hoverboard might spontaneously explode. That’s exactly what happened to one of our tenants over Memorial weekend. The hoverboard was charging in the entry of the house when it exploded, shooting flames, burning the floor, and filling the house with smoke. Sadly our tenant didn’t have Tenant Insurance, which is against our leasing policy and put our tenant in the expensive position of having to pay for temporary housing while at the same time continuing to pay rent while remediation of the damage is underway on her home. Fortunately for this tenant, the hoverboard company has a class action suit underway for faulty equipment so the owner’s insurance will pursue the hoverboard company for remuneration. Had that not been the case, our tenant would have been exposed to a very costly lawsuit for damages to the property.
Tenant Insurance – If you Don’t Have It, You Should!
In our newsletter last month we featured Tenant Insurance. This is a requirement of your lease agreement. If you do not have Tenant Insurance please rectify this immediately. It’s so inexpensive, approximately only $10 per month – it’s absolutely crazy not to have it. Our staff will be contacting every tenant for proof of insurance in the coming weeks. Check out our prior Tenant Newsletter for detailed information on what Tenant Insurance is, how much to expect to pay for it, and where to get it.
General Reminders & Updates
- Our website is now mobile friendly – fully operational from any mobile device
- Save time and a stamp - pay your rent online. Rent submitted online on the 1st of the month is considered on-time payment even though it may take several days to clear.
- Have a question and don’t want to go through the auto-attendant? – send us an email instead. Check out the CONTACT US section of our website to find email addresses and who to contact.
We Want to Give You an Appreciation Gift Worth $20!
Do you love us? Well, if not love exactly, perhaps you can find something to like about us? If you have something nice to say about RMA, let us know at Claire@rentalsinboise.com and your comment could be selected for a coffee card or other gift card of your choice.
That’s it for now. You’ll hear from us again in the last week of September. Have a wonderful fun-filled summer, and stay cool!