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PPG_Blog_April_image 4_Guide to rental property landscaping

An attractive backyard can initially entice tenants and add value to a rental property. However, care and maintenance of rental property landscaping can be a headache for property managers as well as the tenant. Low maintenance gardens are generally the best option.

Hardscaping – The key to low maintenance landscaping is relying on fewer living plants, without compromising on aesthetics. One solution is to invest in hardscaping. As the name suggests, this is the practice of using stones, rocks, paving, and other hard surfaces instead of grass, plant beds, and flowers. In the end, you get more outdoor living space and don’t have to spend nearly as much time mowing the grass or tending to lawn related issues.

Grass – The debate over the pros and cons of synthetic grass is ongoing. Some people love the idea of artificial turf, while others feel like it’s a ridiculous concept that negatively impacts any outdoor space. However, there’s one point nobody can argue against: Synthetic grass requires very little maintenance over its lifetime. And this is a huge plus for rental properties.

Colour – For landlords, one of the biggest challenges is adding some color to a rental property’s landscaping. It’s unrealistic to expect tenants to plant flowers. The easiest and most cost-effective solution is to plant native perennials. Small beds of perennials will add enough color to a property, without requiring too much attention. Most perennials will need some steady watering when they’re first planted but they typically survive on their own after that.

Creating an attractive yet low maintenance garden is not difficult. Nevertheless, if you feel it’s a bit beyond your DIY capabilities, engaging a professional is well worth the time and money. The benefits will continue for years to come.

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