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Xeriscaping: What it is and How it Can Benefit You

New Bedford Rental Property with a Xeriscaped YardAs a property investor, you’re no doubt concerned about ensuring that your New Bedford rental properties have eye-catching yet low-maintenance landscaping. Among the many available choices, xeriscaping is now a very popular landscaping option. Xeriscaping may have been initially common in arid regions, but it has now become the landscaping method of choice for rental property owners all over the country. This is most likely because of the direct benefits xeriscaping offers to the owners and tenants of rental properties. Choosing to xeriscape a yard is a personal choice, but making this decision may become easier if you first understand what xeriscaping is and how it will be beneficial to you.

Learning what xeriscaping is, as well as what it is not, will help you decide if it is the right option for you. Property owners sometimes have the misconception that a xeriscaped yard is one that has no grass or trees. This could not be further from the truth! This style of landscaping makes use of smaller amounts of water more efficiently. This includes reducing, but not eliminating, lawns or flower beds, planting hardy, drought-resistant trees and shrubs. Decorative rocks or other “hardscaping” elements are sometimes used as well but are not a main feature of the style.

This landscaping approach has many benefits. Less water for plants and shrubs also means lower utility bills. Xeriscaping often uses a drip system to deliver water directly to plants, avoiding waste. This method also helps prevent 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.

Decorative rock comes in a wide array of colors and sizes to easily customize your landscaping design. Achieving a xeriscaped yard is also affordable to implement, especially if you can find and use low-cost or even free materials. Consider the eye-catching appeal of a path made from river rock or pebbles curving across the yard. Landscaping with rocks allow investors to have beautiful landscaping year-round

Another important benefit of xeriscaping is that it is very low-maintenance. Smaller lawn areas mean less mowing and trimming without sacrificing the attractiveness of the yard. Hardy trees and plants are usually slower growing, which means less trimming may be required. Tenants may be drawn to how little maintenance the yard requires, and they will likely stay longer. You will have a lower water bill, and your rental home will look well-kept from season to season.

Need more guidance on landscaping? Has maintenance become overwhelming? Real Property Management Success has a full staff of New Bedford property managers ready to take over for you. For more information, contact us online or call us at (774) 840-5140.

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