Curb appeal is one of the best ways to sell your property. It’s also nice for people to come home after a long day to a well-kept yard. However, few people want to do the work necessary to make their landscaping look nice. It takes a lot of time, effort, and money to maintain traditional landscaping, however, there are many alternative options to make your rental property low cost and low maintenance.
Consider Grass Alternatives
One of the most time consuming parts of maintaining a yard is mowing, watering, and edging the lawn. To cut these out entirely, consider putting in a grass alternative. There are many turf options that look nearly identical to real grass and will cut out all the work of the real thing. Pets and children won’t be able to tear it up and it will last a long time, making it a worthwhile investment. If this feels like too much of a risk, consider replacing portions of the lawn with beds of rock or mulch instead. These will create a nice contrast in the landscaping while still reducing the amount of grass that will need to be cut and maintained.
Create an Outdoor Living Area
Another way to create less grass is to simply cover the area with cement or stone and create a fun, outdoor area for your tenants to enjoy. Whether this is a patio, a fire pit, or just some landscaping stones to place a bbq and table If your tenants are entertainers they’ll welcome the extra room for guests.
Know What to Plant
Always plant perennials because they’ll regrow year after year without you having to plant them again. Lavender is a great example of this, as it will regrow and adds a nice pop of color to your property. These plants can also withstand heat and droughts, making it easy to keep alive throughout the summer. If you do want to have a few plants that are more maintenance, put them in a flowerpot, making them easier to take care of than if they were in a flowerbed. Do research about what plants are native to your area, as these will be more accustomed to the weather around your property and will be easier to keep alive.
Instead of using sprinklers, consider implementing a drip irrigation system into your landscaping. This is a system that takes the water directly where it’s needed throughout the yard. Water isn’t likely to evaporate or runoff as easily, making it more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient. Adding a timer to this is another way to make this even more low maintenance for yourself and your tenants.