A good-looking, low maintenance landscape is ideal for rental properties in Richmond. Tenants are more expected to keep up maintenance on a yard that doesn’t require too much work, and low maintenance plants, shrubs, and trees will guarantee that they thrive for many years. The best low maintenance landscape designs frequently minimize the use of water, through 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 stayed in the American southwest, the chances are that you’ve seen varieties of both zeroscaping and xeriscape. Even though they may sound similar, there is a difference between the two. Zeroscaping refers to landscaping that uses virtually no water. The most common options are decorative rocks and gravel, with possiblysome cactus thrown in. Although some people find this look appealing, most prefer a bit more green in their yard.
That is where xeriscape comes in. 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 (such as decorative paths or stone terraces, walls, and rock features), the emphasis is on green plants. Most xeriscape designs include small areas of lawn, on top of 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. Even if prevalent in warm states, xeriscaping can be used just about anywhere as long as you use native varieties of drought-resistant plants and trees.
Evergreens and Perennials
Not a lot of things can minimize the effort required to keep a beautiful yard like evergreens and perennials. Evergreen trees and shrubs are easy to grow, making them a great option for rental properties. For dramatic greenery, you could even take advantage of 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 stunning plants is to decide which ones to plant in your property’s flower beds.
Elements to Avoid
Creating a low-effort landscape is as much about knowing what to do as it is about knowing what not to do. Many individuals see 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 often need to be fertilized carefully to produce good 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 unless harvested from the tree, it will drop to the ground in the fall, creating a big mess. The smell of rotting fruit is not pleasing, and your tenant will perhaps be unhappy about picking it up and disposing of it every year.
By learning about different easy-care landscaping techniques – and what not to do – you can create a beautiful, low maintenance landscape for your Richmond rental property that your tenants will no doubt enjoy. To learn more about what upgrades would best fit your property, contact our team at Real Property Management Richmond Metro today at 804-417-7005.
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