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Xeriscaping: What it is and How it Can Benefit You

Elkhorn Rental Property with a Xeriscaped YardAs an investor, one of your priorities should be ensuring your Elkhorn rental properties have pleasant yet low-maintenance landscaping. There are many landscaping options available. Xeriscaping is one that is fast becoming a popular pick. Even as xeriscaping originated from the desert areas, it is now a landscaping method of choice for rental property owners in different markets. Xeriscaping is an attractive choice because it offers many direct benefits to both owners and tenants. Choosing to xeriscape a yard is an individual choice. Deciding on it may become easier if you first understand what xeriscaping is and how it can benefit you.

Learning what xeriscaping is and is not will help you figure out if it is the right option for your properties. There are some common misperceptions about xeriscaping. Property owners sometimes think that a xeriscaped yard is one that has no grass or trees. This is not true. Xeriscaping is one style of landscaping that makes use of smaller amounts of water more efficiently. This could include reducing, but not eliminating, lawns or flower beds, planting hardy, drought-resistant trees and shrubs, and adding decorative rocks or other “hardscaping” elements.

There are a lot of benefits to using this landscaping approach. When you plant trees and shrubs that need less water, you also reduce your utility costs. Most xeriscaping uses a drip system to water plants and trees directly, avoiding waste. Xeriscaping is also aids in 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.

Decorative rock comes in a wide range of colors and sizes for easy customization of your landscaping design. There are also ways to achieve a xeriscaped yard for far less money than usual 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. There are a number of ways to landscape with rocks attractively, consequently this has become one of the preferred landscaping options of investors who want beautiful landscaping year-round.

Another important benefit of xeriscaping is that it is very low-maintenance. Smaller lawn areas mean less mowing and trimming while still maintaining curb appeal. Hardy trees and plants are usually slower growing, which means less trimming may be required. Most tenants consider a low-maintenance yard as an advantage when choosing rental properties. 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 Legacy has a full staff of Elkhorn property managers ready to take over for you. For more information, contact us online or call us at 402-983-8365.

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