- Landscaping is essential to keep your property appealing, and with a few tips and tricks, you can make inexpensive changes to your yard.
- Use accent plants, ground covers, and paving stones to enhance your landscape.
- Maximize your resources by following these simple, low-maintenance tricks on landscaping.
At the end of a long day, people want to come home to an attractive, well-kept place. Besides the basic upkeep of the exterior, a good landscape is an integral aspect of enhancing the “curb appeal” of your property.
It’s also important to remember the key to any successful investment is maximizing income while minimizing expenditures.
With this in mind, these low maintenance landscaping strategies for your rental property will keep it looking nice with a minimal monthly outlay.
Incorporate Accent Plants Native to Your Area
Foliage accustomed to growing in an environment where your property is will need less care than non-native plants. It usually requires less water, very little fertilizer, and minimal attention.
Native plants also capture the natural ambiance of the area around your property.
Done well, this can make your property more attractive to potential tenants.
Substitute Ground Cover for Plantings
Consider employing ground covers such as mulch, gravel, bark, or wood chips in strategic areas, instead of planting every square inch on your property.
Along with minimizing maintenance, these materials will help keep moisture in the ground in drier regions, reducing your water expenditures.
They also reduce the propagation of weeds and other undesirable plants. Going with this type of ground cover, as opposed to mosses or other low-growing plants, lessens the amount of water you’ll need to maintain the appearance of your landscape.
Employ Paving Stones
Well-applied paving stones add an air of elegance to the beauty of a property that is difficult to accomplish with concrete.
In addition to being more attractive in appearance, paving stones are easier to install than concrete. You can use them to create borders, patios, walkways and driveways.
Moreover, stones don’t crack easily and can be quickly replaced when damaged.
Avoid Fountains and Waterfalls
While they create soothing sounds and are undeniably attractive in appearance, water features also raise your utility bills. You’ll pay for the electricity required to operate their pumps, and you’ll get higher water bills.
Even fountains and waterfalls designed to recycle water experience evaporation. That recycled water must be replaced every now and then for the feature to continue to perform.
You’ll also be looking at an extra maintenance item, as they need to be cleaned and their plumbing will eventually need attention.
Install Artificial Turf
Hey, if turf covers are good enough for the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium, it’s good enough for your rental property.
But seriously though, while the initial installation cost is somewhat significant, the accumulated long-term savings will make up for it.
Mowing is eliminated, as is watering, mulching, fertilization, and every other aspect of care required for organic turf. Weeding ceases to be an issue, so will aerating and edging.
These simple moves will lower your landscaping costs significantly. It will also make your property more visually appealing and reduce your vacancy rates.