An attractive garden will invariably make a large contribution to letting a property. However, whilst tenants are keen on gardens, the prospect of gardening is usually another matter all together.
“I need a low maintenance garden because my tenants just don’t look after it” is a very common request from clients. Fortunately it is a request that can be fulfilled. The trick is not to make the area look like a ‘prison yard’ – with some paving and one or two small plants lost in a desert of gravel.
If your rental property already has stunning gardens which you want to have maintained to a high standard, you may want to consider giving your tenants ‘added value’ by paying for a gardener to maintain them and building this in to the rent.
Here are some tips for your low maintenance garden:
- Opt for the natural look, since a formal garden requires trimming and pruning.
- Rather than digging organic material into clay soil, make raised beds with a combination of topsoil and organic compost.
- Make shrubs and small ornamental trees the backbone of your garden, not flowers.
- Under plant shrubs with ground covers to keep down weeds.
- Don’t grow plants that need staking, pruning or deadheading
- Reduce lawn areas and substitute with evergreen ground covers or hard paving, pebbles or shell.
- Use succulents, succulents require very little water or maintenance and can look stunning
- Look at what grows naturally in your area and reproduce it in your garden, drafts of native grasses will regenerate and look natural
- Eliminate allergy causing plants the last thing you need is tenants moving out due to hay fever striking every time they step into the garden!
- Use weed mat or mulch around plants to save irrigation and suppress weed growth
If still in doubt or have concerns just give us a call, we will put you onto a reputable landscaper in your area.