Work is never considered done when you have acreage under your management. Maintaining a wide expanse of land is a round-the-clock job which is why its not for the faint of heart. You will want to catch problems early before they become major issues. Thats why we prepared a series of tips that will help you to best maintain your acreage at any time of the year.
Check your fences
Nothing will put your animals in danger (and get you in hot water with your neighbors) faster than a broken fence. Be sure to check it regularly, walking along it and looking for damages. Test to see how firm it is. Depending on what it’s made out of, you should check that it hasn’t begun to rot or rust. (If either is severe, it could easily be broken.) Keeping you, your land, and your animals safe and secure is the best way to lower overhead costs, and it starts with having a sturdy fence.
Manage grass around your buildings
When considering fire hazards in your acreage, don’t overlook dry grass. It is easily combustible and can catch fire with a mere spark. The taller it grows, the more danger it poses. Even a patch that you think is far enough away from your home or animal enclosures can still cause fire damage, especially if these buildings are downwind. Keep the grass in your property short and make sure it gets enough water. Manage your grass properly to lessen worries about your investment going up in flames.
Check your stables
A big part of keeping your horses safe and healthy means closely investigating their stables, too. As with fences, you’ll want to make sure that these are secure and sturdy. Also take the time to keep these spic and span. More than cleaning stables regularly, look beyond the usual routine and check corners and joints for water damage. Such damage could promote mold growth over time. Repair any areas where leaks are present to keep everything nice and dry.
Learn about invasive plants
Weeds, poisonous plants, and other invasive flora can pose a serious health risk to your horses if these are consumed. Many of these plants can go undetected for a long time because they look similar to harmless flowers. Learn to identify potentially dangerous plants that grow in your region and be vigilant about these sprouting in your property. Also try to find out how to effectively remove and dispose of them.
Check your trough
It doesn’t take long for a small leak to turn into a big leak, leaving your horses with less to drink and more mucky grounds to walk on. Make regular checks for leaks and drips so you can catch them early on. You can also go an extra step to ensure that bugs, other animals, and leaves dont find their way into the water or stay in it.
Spending a little more time to take care of things around your acreage can ensure the longevity of your land. Moreover, a properly-maintained property of this nature will also spell profits and savings for you in the long run.
Are you interested in buying or selling acreage in Johnson County, KS? Then let me and my team help you. The Dana Benjamin Team has solid expertise in dealing with homes on acreage, land, and horse properties. Just get in touch with us at 913.522.4277 or drop us a note at DBenjamin@ReeseNichols.com so we can be of assistance.