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Low-Maintenance Landscaping for Your Rental Properties!
At the end of a long day, your tenants want to come to an attractive, well-kept place!
Proper landscaping helps improve curb appeal, attracts good tenants, and increases the property value.
However, watering and mowing the grass at your rental property can potentially consume a large part of your budget and resources.
If you want a home with great curb appeal, but don’t want to spend your entire weekends to get it, follow these golden rules to create a truly low maintenance garden in your outdoor space.
- Install artificial turf.
Artificial turf is a surface of synthetic fibers made to look like natural grass. It’s made up of three major parts:
- The infill, those tiny black crumbs that help support the blades.
- The plastic blades itself.
- Backing material that will serve to hold the individual blades of artificial grass.
More and more landlords are choosing to have artificial grass installed at their rental properties. Although the initial installation cost is somewhat significant, the long-term benefits will more than make up for it.
Installing it at your rental property will eliminate the need to mow and trim, as well as the clean-up that’s associated with lawn maintenance. Also, edging and aerating ceases to be an issue, as does weeding.
- Use paving stones.
Paving stones can help add charm, character, and value to your rental property. You can use these for just about any walking surface and come in a wide variety of patterns, sizes, textures, colors, and stones.
Aside from being a lot easier to install than concrete, these are more attractive in appearance. You can use these to create driveways, walkways, patios, and borders.
Paving stones are also easier to maintain. Unlike concrete, these don’t easily crack. If one is damaged, you can easily replace it. This helps ensure that your rental property looks as optimal as possible.
- Substitute ground coverings for plantings.
Planting shrubbery in every square foot of your property can be a tedious and expensive process. That’s why you should consider employing ground covers like wood or bark chips, gravel or mulch in strategic areas.
In addition to minimizing maintenance, ground coverings will help reduce moisture loss, potentially reducing your water bills.
Also, undesirable plants like weeds will be a thing of the past.
- Incorporate accent plants native to your area.
At the core of environmentally friendly landscapes is the use of native plants. By incorporating native, you are helping insects, birds, and other animals that depend on native plants survive.
As a landlord, incorporating accent plants native to your area can benefit you in several ways. One, these will capture the natural ambiance of the area in which your property is located.
Also, these usually require less water, very little fertilizer, and minimal attention.
- Pile on the mulch.
Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to suppress weeds, protect plants from lawn equipment and foot traffic, improve soil conditions, and enhance landscape beauty.
In addition, mulches can improve soil fertility and structure. Mulching is especially important in urban areas where soils lack organic matter and are compacted.
Generally, there are three mulch types that you can choose from: rubber mulch, stone mulch, and bark mulch.
- Reduce the size of the lawn.
A beautifully manicured green lawn takes a lot of fertilizing and watering, not to mention mowing. Truly, being green isn’t easy.
Besides saving on water and fertilizing, below are other benefits you’ll get:
- Increased property values
Attractive, low-maintenance landscaping will help add value to your rental property.
- Reduced noise and air pollution
A 3.5 HP lawnmower pollutes as much in one hour as an automobile driving 350 miles. Also, lawnmowers account for 5% of the air pollution in the U.S.
- You’ll have less yard waste to be composted or taken to a landfill.
- You’ll save time and energy on lawn maintenance.
- Add desert-friendly trees for shade.
Your tenants will thank you for adding shade trees to their outdoor spaces. Examples of desert-friendly trees include:
- Purple leaf plum
Very low-maintenance with brilliant purplish foliage.
- Acacia saligna
Fast-growing with a very wide canopy for year-round shade.
Heat-loving with dense canopy for excellent shade coverage.
- Blue paloverde
Fast-growing with yellow-green foliage.
- Clean up the clutter.
Remove outdated lawn art, fallen tree branches, and dead leaves. Weed the flower beds, and prune wild bushes and hedges. If you have a deck or patio, remove unused furniture and allot a container for kid’s toys.
Also, make sure your hoses are always wrapped up nicely and that there’s a designated area for yard tools.
Any landlord knows that inside amenities attract the tenant, but the backyard’s what seals the deal. It isn’t easy for tenants to find a great backyard that is attractive and well maintained. For that reason, you want to ensure yours looks lovely.