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Tips for Managing Larger Plots of Land in the Summer

Owners of large, undeveloped land tracts face a sizable task of land management during the summer months. Mowing, trimming, and treating with pesticides if needed can be time-consuming work. It can also be exhausting if you have large plots of land to care for. Here are some ideas that may help to make the workload more manageable.

 

Invest in Land Management Equipment

Although you might want to use your regular lawn tractor to mow rural acreage, that could take considerable time and be hard on your equipment that is not meant for that type of demanding work. You will likely find the mowing easier if you invest in farming equipment that is more suitable to your larger fields or plots. For affordable monthly payments, unless you buy the equipment outright, you can cut the work time to a fraction of what you would otherwise have to do in hot weather over uneven ground.

Organize the Work

Instead of tackling the larger plots of land in a single day, break up the task into a few days’ time. For example, if you have three five-acre parcels, take care of one per day for three days. While you might be eager to finish, the work won’t be so onerous and fatiguing if you break it up over a few days’ time. You could also do the mowing in one day and the soil treatment, if any, on the following day. There is no reason to rush and complete everything in one day unless your schedule demands it.

Hire a Land Management Service

If you simply lack the time or inclination to handle a major land management job, hire out to get the work done. Farm workers often have their own equipment and engine fuel and oil so that all you have to pay for is their labor. Often, high school or college students who have this type of work experience will do the job for less than what you would pay for professional farm laborers.

Swap Land Care for Land Use

When you don’t plan to use the land for a year or two, you might be able to lease it to someone who will mow and cultivate the land in return for the right to grow crops. This will keep the land under effective management so that you avoid county fines as well as keeping the plots from becoming overgrown and unmanageable.

Keep your land parcels well cared for by using tips like these. Managing your time and costs can help to keep the property in good condition.

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Author Bio:  Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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