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Xeriscaping: What it is and How it Can Benefit You

Tempe Rental Property with a Xeriscaped YardAs an investor, one of your top concerns should be ensuring your Tempe rental properties have appealing yet low-maintenance landscaping. Despite that there are quite a lot of means to do this, one practice becoming more popular across the entire country is xeriscaping. Although xeriscaping has its roots in desert areas, it is very quickly becoming the landscaping method of choice for rental property owners in diverse markets. The reason is that a lot of aspects of xeriscaping give value and benefits to both you and your tenants. Choosing to xeriscape a yard is an individual choice. To make that decision easier, it’s important first to learn what xeriscaping is and how it can perhaps be of benefit to you.

Figuring out whether xeriscaping is right for your properties starts with understanding what it is – and what it isn’t. There are various usual misperceptions with regard to xeriscaping. Many property owners presume that a xeriscaped yard doesn’t have grass or trees. But, actually, this is not true. Xeriscaping is a particular style of landscaping designed to use smaller amounts of water more efficiently. This could integrate reducing, but not eliminating, lawns or flower beds, planting hardy, drought-resistant trees, and shrubs, and adding decorative rocks or other “hardscaping” elements.

This method of landscaping has plenty of obvious rewards and benefits. Definitely, by planting trees and shrubs that need less water, you can significantly reduce your utility costs. Most xeriscaping uses a drip system to deliver water directly to plants and trees, avoiding waste. Xeriscaping is additionally appropriate for preventing soil erosion. In wet conditions, decorative rock can help stabilize saturated soils, control drainage, and keep running water away from your property’s foundation. In dry climates, decorative rock is used to prevent wind erosion and to cover unsightly bare patches near the trees or in shady spaces of the yard.

Decorative rock comes in a wide range of colors and sizes, this will enable you to very easily add custom rock areas to your landscaping that go well with your existing landscaping design. There are, additionally, ways to achieve a xeriscaped yard for far less money than you could have first assumed, more so if you can find and use low-cost or even free materials. Envision the eye-catching appeal of a path made from river rock or pebbles curving across the yard. There are so many attractive ways to landscape with rocks that it has evolved into a go-to option for investors who expect excellent landscaping year-round.

One vital benefit of xeriscaping is that it is very low-maintenance. Smaller lawn areas mean less mowing and trimming without sacrificing any of the curb appeal. Hardy trees and plants tend to be somewhat slower growing, which may mean less trimming should be needed. Tenants will quite possibly be happy with how very little maintenance the yard dictates, which could motivate them to stay in the home for a long time. Your water bill will decrease, and your rental property will remain nice and neat from season to season.

Need more guidance on landscaping? Has maintenance become overwhelming? Real Property Management East Valley has a full staff of Tempe property managers ready to take over for you. For more information, contact us online or call us at 480-658-0869.

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