Get Outside and Enjoy the Sunshine.
In view of current circumstances related to the global pandemic, the idea of being outside enjoying the sunshine, spring breezes, and gentle rains can be very appealing. So why not take advantage of the opportunity to improve the landscaping on some of your rental property?
There are many low maintenance ways to keep the landscaping of a rental property in check. You just need to know what they are. And if you’re a property owner who doesn’t necessarily have a ‘green thumb’, then let us give you some tips.
If you have a choice between a lawn filled with grass or a mixture of low maintenance plants that can create a beautiful, garden-like setting, you may opt for the latter. If you don’t have a choice and you’re stuck with a lawn to mow, that’s another story whether you do it yourself or hire it out.
If you do have the option to do landscaping only, here are some choices that will add beauty to the landscape and won’t take a lot of maintenance.
First of all if you’re not familiar with the term xeriscaping, here’s an explanation of the process.Xeriscaping is the practice of designing landscapes to reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation. This means xeriscaped landscapes need little or no water beyond what the natural climate provides. Xeriscaping is very popular in dry regions, especially western parts of the U.S.
Using native plants is another low maintenance landscaping idea because they are suited best for survival in your local soil and climate. This hardiness will help cut down on plant death and replacement.
Using low maintenance landscaping plants can help save time and money in keeping your rental looking its best.
Perennials – Using perennials around your rental is a great return on your investment of time and money as they come alive year after year. Many perennials can withstand summer heat and draught. Consider the attractive curb appeal when those brightly colored daffodils and tulips bloom.
Ornamental and Evergreen Trees – Evergreen trees and bushes such as a gold thread cypress and myrtles provide shade, and they are easy to maintain. Many are also drought-tolerant.
Dwarf shrubs – Dwarf shrubs require little to no pruning and are easy plants to grow. They are nice under windows and serve as deterrents for would-be burglars while providing variety to your garden.
Ornamental Grasses – Visually stunning and requiring pruning maybe once a year, ornamental grass is extremely low maintenance and adds a stirring beauty to landscape.
Ground Cover and Moss – If you have the option to not have a lawn, ground cover and moss are great alternatives to grass. Clover, for instance, as a ground cover is a low maintenance landscaping option as it requires little or no mowing. Moss can handle moderate foot traffic and renew quickly, looking great year round.
Be careful with decorative grasses, ground cover, and other plants of this kind as they can be invasive. Find out which plants are most suitable before planting.
Even if your rental property has a full lawn, adding some of these other elements will help keep down landscaping costs and increase the property curb appeal.
Remember, if landscaping is not your ‘thing’ and you are too busy to deal with, Cousin James Management has a database of resources to help you with what you need. From repair to painting, electrical to landscaping. Our experts in their respective fields know how to care for your rental property needs so you don’t have to. Contact us and let’s talk.