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Maintaining your acreage

Do you want to feel like a king not just for a day? Then get your own little kingdom by owning acreage. You have free rein to do whatever you wish with the land: plant on it, raise livestock, build farmhouses, etc.

Of course, that freedom comes with the responsibility of maintenance. As with all real estate properties, upkeep is a must if you want your acreage’s value to grow.

Don’t fret, however. We have several maintenance tips to share:

Plant cover crops

In between planting seasons or during times when you want to let your land “rest,” you can protect your land by planting cover crops. These maintain the richness of the soil, suppress weeds, and keep pests at bay. Some common examples include legumes or grasses. But don’t plant just any cover crop – first

consider your acreage’s soil conditions. Some quick tips: plant your fall cover crops about four weeks before winter arrives. If you plan to eventually plant vegetables after cover crops, wait three weeks before seeding the plot.

Mind (and mend) your fences

Apart from defining the boundaries of your property, fences also prevent old Bessie the Cow and your other farm animals from wandering off. Always check your fences to spot wear and tear then address these ASAP. Replace or reset poles as needed and mend barbed wires if they are damaged. If you have an electric fence, test the voltage at various points and check the integrity of the insulators.

Inspect buildings, too

Also take time to regularly check on your farmhouse and animal shelters, especially the roof. Any damage to it will bring forth leaks that are sure to ruin stored crops or equipment. Doors should also be secure enough to prevent your animals from getting out and predators from coming in. Your buildings should be clean and organized to prevent slip-and-fall accidents.

Keep your home’s vicinity well maintained

Living close to nature means being neighbors with all the critters that consider the area their habitat. If you’re not diligent, you may find pests and wild animals settling into it. Thus, keep your front lawn and backyard well-mowed so creatures can’t use overgrown turf for cover. Having a dog also helps – critters will think twice about shacking up in your home if there’s another animal keeping guard.

Decide what to do with forest land

Some acreages come with forest land, and you can decide what to do with it. Some landowners leave the forest alone, choosing to keep it as a picturesque trail where one can take nature walks. Then again, that forest land can harbor wild animals that might eventually become nuisances. Others, however, convert the land for agricultural use or for erecting buildings on. Survey the underlying land first to ensure that it does fit those plans of yours.

One more reminder: It’s still best to keep the balance in the thriving ecosystem within your acreage by making the necessary delineation between forest land and farmland.

Thinking of investing in acreages in Kansas? Trust in us, the White Oak Realty Group, to help you out. Our real estate agents have extensive experience in the purchase and sale of acreages. To know more about available properties, give us a call at 828.782.0472 or send an e-mail to pat(at)whiteoakrg(dotted)com.