6 low-maintenance landscaping ideas for your rental property
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If you’ve been a homeowner for a while, you probably know how important it is to invest in landscaping your rental property. This increases the attractiveness of the property, which in turn increases the value of the property and the monthly rent.
However, it is also true that landscaping your rental property requires you to pay not only the upfront costs but also the maintenance (depending on the agreement).
If so, you need to tailor cost-effective, low-maintenance landscaping ideas. You need designs that can increase rental value while limiting expenses.
Take a look at these tips as they could make your rental property more attractive to tenants:
1. Consider an 80-20 hardscaping and weed characteristics
Landscaping is expensive to build but profitable to maintain. The lawn requires regular maintenance for a long time. Therefore, having less grass in your rental property means less work and lower maintenance costs for you and your tenant.
If you plan to adapt the 80-20 hardscape to landscape ratio, make sure that you:
– avoid exaggerating the paved areas because your tenant would still appreciate the greenery
– put up a weed protection barrier under the sidewalk to keep weeds at bay
– choose a single variety of grass so that it is easy to maintain
– grow a variety of grass “at low water”
Tip: Having low-maintenance landscaping that looks great encourages tenants to take care of the garden.
2. Consider Xeriscaping
Xeriscaping is the process of landscaping or gardening in areas susceptible to drought. It is also practiced by homeowners who want to save water while maintaining their garden. Here, water is saved by choosing plants with little watering and grouping plants with similar watering needs.
A xeriscape garden, when done right, is attractive and vibrant.
Note: do not confuse a Xeriscape with Zeroscape. Zeroscaping doesn’t require water at all and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
3. Cultivate local or native plant species
To ensure the survival of the plants in your garden, choose to grow species native to your area. Blooming plants help you save money and preserve biodiversity.
4. Keep the landscape theme neutral
Custom garden themes are great for your home, not your rental property. You want to tailor a design that will appeal to the tastes of many people. Try not to over-arrange the garden and avoid making it too personal. You want the tenant to feel like this is their space too.
5. Create a section that accepts pets
If you allow pets, designate a part of the landscape where they can stay and run. Have an area covered with sand, pebbles, or gravel. Keep them out of the lawn to prevent urine burns and to keep them from digging up and ruining the landscape.
6. Create well shaded areas
Make the landscape more pleasant for renters when you have a well-shaded area where they can stay and cool off. Give them a place to stay outside to encourage them to take care of the place as well.
It is crucial to assess your outdoor space before making any landscaping plans. You will likely need the services of a landscape architect, landscaper, horticulturist, and your local garden center.
Investing in landscaping is also crucial, especially when your rental property is located in an upscale community. Tenants’ expectations are high for properties located in these locations.