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lawn dead (by Ed [CA]) Jun 4, 2018 9:15 AM
       lawn dead (by JB [OR]) Jun 4, 2018 9:29 AM
       lawn dead (by JB [OR]) Jun 4, 2018 9:31 AM
       lawn dead (by ed [CA]) Jun 4, 2018 9:39 AM
       lawn dead (by Busy [WI]) Jun 4, 2018 10:21 AM
       lawn dead (by Moshe [CA]) Jun 4, 2018 10:24 AM
       lawn dead (by ed [CA]) Jun 4, 2018 12:09 PM
       lawn dead (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Jun 4, 2018 1:59 PM
       lawn dead (by myob [GA]) Jun 4, 2018 2:26 PM
       lawn dead (by cjo'h [CT]) Jun 4, 2018 2:49 PM
       lawn dead (by DJ [VA]) Jun 4, 2018 3:47 PM
       lawn dead (by LindaJ [NY]) Jun 4, 2018 3:49 PM
       lawn dead (by DJ [VA]) Jun 4, 2018 3:53 PM
       lawn dead (by cjo'h [CT]) Jun 4, 2018 4:32 PM
       lawn dead (by TahoeGal [CA]) Jun 4, 2018 4:40 PM
       lawn dead (by Jim in OC [CA]) Jun 4, 2018 5:27 PM
       lawn dead (by Busy [WI]) Jun 4, 2018 5:50 PM
       lawn dead (by Deanna [TX]) Jun 4, 2018 5:51 PM
       lawn dead (by AllyM [NJ]) Jun 4, 2018 7:00 PM
       lawn dead (by Busy [WI]) Jun 4, 2018 7:56 PM
       lawn dead (by Salernitana [CA]) Jun 4, 2018 10:57 PM
       lawn dead (by Vee [OH]) Jun 5, 2018 10:09 AM
       lawn dead (by myob [GA]) Jun 5, 2018 12:57 PM
       lawn dead (by Jeff [OH]) Jun 5, 2018 1:28 PM
       lawn dead (by Vee [OH]) Jun 5, 2018 2:26 PM
       lawn dead (by Busy [WI]) Jun 5, 2018 4:09 PM
       lawn dead (by mike [CA]) Jun 6, 2018 6:43 PM

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lawn dead (by Ed [CA]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 9:15 AM
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Tenant moved out and I found they never watered the yard. I'm wondering what you would withhold from their deposit.

When they moved in, it was some grass and some leafy green weeds. The rental agreement specifies they're responsible for the yards. It looks pretty bad for anyone thinking about renting the place.

My options are to put in sod (crazy expensive), hydroseed (also expensive), plant seed and hope new tenant waters it, etc. I was thinking I would offer the new tenant a $40/month rebate if they water the grass and get it to grow back.

Thanks in advance everybody! --159.145.x.xxx




lawn dead (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 9:29 AM
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A while back we had a drought for a few months and I purchased some green die spray online (through Home Depot I think). Sprayed it down after mixing with water and it looked really good. Give it a try if you want a quick fix. --50.45.xxx.xxx




lawn dead (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 9:31 AM
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BTW, your lease sounds pretty vague. Not sure how that would hold up if you withhold from deposit and it gets challenged. --50.45.xxx.xxx




lawn dead (by ed [CA]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 9:39 AM
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I should have mentioned in my post, that my rental agreement states the following:

Resident agrees that all other yard maintenance shall be their responsibility. These include, but are not limited to watering and mowing grass, raking leaves, trimming bushes, full care of the back and side yards, etc. --159.145.x.xxx




lawn dead (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 10:21 AM
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Here in the Midwest, we can grow a yard fit for a tv commercial with little effort. But, if our rentals were in a place where lawns die if not artificially maintained, I'd sure look into some of the astroturf stuff. A relative in Arizona has that, and says she loves it. I'm not recommending any brand, using that brand name as if it generic.) And a xeriscape landscape is most beautiful, imo.

My understanding is how hot the artificial turf can feel is an issue. I would think a no water 'lawn' would be a nice feature.

In the meantime, that spray In mentioned sounds great.

--172.58.xxx.xx




lawn dead (by Moshe [CA]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 10:24 AM
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I expect that your lease clause in invalid because it is not drafted according to CA law. While it is a small matter that ordinarily would not justify an expense, you should consult a competent CA landlord/tenant attorney to learn how such an agreement can be made legal.

--47.139.xx.xxx




lawn dead (by ed [CA]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 12:09 PM
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Moshe, thanks for your comment, but I'm wondering if the problem you see is the 'include, but are not limited to....' part of the language. --159.145.x.xxx




lawn dead (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 1:59 PM
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I thought that Gov Brown was just signing into law the most restrictive water control measures ever in California. Forget the lawn. --98.146.xxx.xxx




lawn dead (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 2:26 PM
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with hold nothing. I don't allow animals, bushes or yards. --99.103.xxx.xxx




lawn dead (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 2:49 PM
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Wouldn't dare comment,here the weeds haven't started to grow yet.......... Charlie

............................................................... --174.199.xx.xx




lawn dead (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 3:47 PM
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If tenant pays the water bill and cuts the grass, then it makes perfect sense why they would not do one so they didn't have to do the other.

Perhaps a landscape with crushed stone & pavers, desert type plants etc would be a good idea - maybe just a little green space. --68.10.xxx.xxx




lawn dead (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 3:49 PM
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I don't believe in watering lawns. I guess if you have a sprinkler system you can set it to water on schedule, but other than that, how does one know when to water a lawn. Do they have to move sprinklers around? I can't imagine a tenant doing that in our area. Mowing maybe, but keeping plants alive takes a lot of work.

Plant something low maintenance. Don't waste the water. In the NE our lawns will turn brown in the middle of summer, but that is a dormant situation and when it rains again, it will green up. I am ok with a brown lawn that doesn't need watering for a while. --108.44.xx.xxx




lawn dead (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 3:53 PM
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Oh yeah, to address your question: I don't think you can withhold $ unless they were REQUIRED to water it in your lease. Also, if it was required, wouldn't you have checked how it looked once in a while?

You might, in the future, do something like "this rent is discounted to offset the cost of water for the yard. If you don't care for it and I need to hire it out, the rent will be $xx higher. Which do you prefer?" However, I suppose the pwowould still need to use the water from the house. Any chance of having a second water source just for the yard? --68.10.xxx.xxx




lawn dead (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 4:32 PM
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Sounds like you would be a good candidate for Zeeriscapimg never heard of it before either,but check it out.......charlie

...................................... --174.199.xx.xx




lawn dead (by TahoeGal [CA]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 4:40 PM
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Re your question about how you can "fix" your dead lawn (at least for the time being) I recommend this from Amazon:

EnviroColor 1,000 Sq. Ft. 4EverGreen Grass and Turf Paint

Just mow your dead lawn nice and neat and spray this on with a chemical sprayer (I use the small fan pattern spray), and voila! Green lawn. I "paint" my dead lawn two times per summer and it looks pretty darn good. Better than the huge water bills I had before. --73.90.xxx.xxx




lawn dead (by Jim in OC [CA]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 5:27 PM
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For the last 20 years I have paid for the gardener and the tenant pays for the water. My instructions to the gardener is to keep me informed if the grass is starting to die. If the grass is dying I will have no need for my gardener so behooves him to pay attention to the condition of the grass. Maintaining the landscape is a low priority of most tenants.

--75.22.xx.xx




lawn dead (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 5:50 PM
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JB, my apologies. My phone keeps changing you to 'in'. So, I guess you are trendy now!

(I really need to figure out again how to turn spell check off! --172.58.xxx.xx




lawn dead (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 5:51 PM
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In my part of the world, the grass goes crunchy and dormant through the heat of summer, and greens up with the fall/winter/spring rains.

If you have actual landscaping you want to preserve, build that cost into the rent, but hire out the actual maintenance so you know it gets done the way you want it done.

In my whole town, there's maybe two people who water their lawns and have lush green grass in August. Everyone else recognizes that there's a better use of their resources than trying to maintain a green yard in arid geography.

Is your part of CA part of the drought/watering restrictions? Is it a part of CA that's more arid? Do you have the best grass that is fit for your specific climate conditions? --166.137.xxx.xxx




lawn dead (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 7:00 PM
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This is the third time I am writing this. Check out a local nursery for some cactus. --73.178.xxx.xx




lawn dead (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 7:56 PM
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Oh, Ally, there are so many other choices besides cactus. Salvia, palms, ornamental grasses, mesquite. Ed is probably best to start with the rock. --172.58.xxx.xx




lawn dead (by Salernitana [CA]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 10:57 PM
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I agree with Jim in OC that it's wise to just hire a gardener who can check on the status of the lawn and report back to you. Also, tenants may not want to shell out the money to water a lawn, so you might need to negotiate some sort of deal that will work for both of you.

What part of CA is your rental? If you have a large yard and might be near Central CA or in a dry and hot area, then indeed like Busy noted, you might opt for drought-tolerant salvias and maybe a ground cover like Kurapia which is some odd version of non-invasive Lipia.

Best of luck.

--107.3.xxx.xxx




lawn dead (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2018 10:09 AM
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My question is during the last 90-120 day inspections how well was the lease followed regarding the lawn care? This may be more manager than tenant but that depends where you are and the weather - wild fire intergrations too. --76.188.xxx.xx




lawn dead (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2018 12:57 PM
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I did try rock and stone but it tore up the blades on the mower-- and I lost woodruff key after woodruff key due to sudden stoppage.

OK all you high techies-- who knows what a woodruff key is? --99.103.xxx.xxx




lawn dead (by Jeff [OH]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2018 1:28 PM
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I do. Mechanical Engineer with MBA. --107.10.x.xxx




lawn dead (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2018 2:26 PM
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Me too, woodruff key looks like a disposable key however it has a rounded shape on 1 side like a camel hump. Here a teenage raging interest in chemistry with electronics, diesel mechanic for portable freezer systems and chief sawdust maker. --76.188.xxx.xx




lawn dead (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2018 4:09 PM
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Sweet woodruff is galium odoratum. Sorry, not that drought tolerant. But, ya don't need a key to grow it. Smells nice though ...

When mowing your rocks, best to remove the blade first. But then its safe to mow wearing your black socks with sandals and shorts. --172.58.xxx.xx




lawn dead (by mike [CA]) Posted on: Jun 6, 2018 6:43 PM
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all yards are cared for by lawn guys and the irrigation is on a clock that is programmed by me. if they don't want a green yard they can move --76.176.xxx.xxx



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