An alluring, low maintenance landscape is ideal for rental properties in Tamarac. Tenants are likely to keep up maintenance on a yard that doesn’t require too much work, and low maintenance plants, shrubs, and trees will ensure that they thrive for many years. The best low maintenance landscape designs often minimize the use of water, utilizing a variety of strategies and techniques to achieve a look that is both beautiful and easy to maintain.
Zeroscaping and Xeriscaping
If you’ve ever come to the American southwest, the chances are that you’ve seen varieties of both zeroscaping and xeriscape. While they may sound similar, there is a dissimilarity between the two. Zeroscaping refers to landscaping that uses virtually no water. The most common options are decorative rocks and gravel, with maybe some cactus tossed in. While some people find this look appealing, most prefer a little more green in their yard.
And that is the time where xeriscape enters. Xeriscaping is a landscape design technique that uses drought-resistant plants to create a vibrant, green yard with minimal water use. While xeriscape may incorporate elements of hardscaping (containing decorative paths or stone terraces, walls, and rock features), the emphasis is on green plants. Most xeriscape designs include small areas of lawn, particularly drought-tolerant flowers and flowering shrubs. In warm climates, these flowering plants often produce colorful blooms all year long. The plants are supported by drip systems that supply water directly to the roots, eliminating any wasted water. Although it is commonly seen in warmer areas, xeriscaping can be used just about anywhere as long as you use native varieties of drought-resistant plants and trees.
Evergreens and Perennials
Many things can minimize the effort required to keep a beautiful yard like evergreens and perennials. Evergreen trees and shrubs are easy to grow, which is why they are a great option for rental properties. For dramatic greenery, you can use several different kinds of evergreens in a yard or planter bed. Perennials are another easy-care part of a low maintenance yard. Perennials are flowers that return on their own every year, such as peony, hydrangea, and lavender. The only effort required to enjoy these beautiful plants is to decide which ones to plant in your property’s backyard garden.
Elements to Avoid
Creating a low-effort landscape depends on knowing what to do as it is about knowing what not to do. Most individuals prefer fruit trees as an attractive option, but they require far more maintenance than other types of trees. They often have very specific water requirements, need annual pruning, and sometimes need to be fertilized carefully to deliver premium quality fruit. When the fruit does grow, it often attracts birds, insects, and rodents, none of which your tenants will enjoy. Unless treated with pesticides, the fruit is often inedible, and if it is collected from the tree, it will drop to the ground in the fall, creating a big mess. The smell of rotting fruit is terrible, and your tenant will undoubtedly be unhappy about picking it up and disposing of it every year.
By learning about different easy-care landscaping techniques – and what you should not do – you can create a beautiful, low maintenance landscape for your Tamarac rental property that your tenants can surely enjoy. To learn more about what upgrades would best fit your property, contact our team at Real Property Management Premier today at 954-362-5235.
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