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Xeriscaping: What it is and How it Can Benefit You

Hyde Park Rental Property with a Xeriscaped YardAs an investor, one of your main concerns should be ensuring that your Hyde Park rental properties have eye-catching yet low-maintenance landscaping. Among the many available choices, xeriscaping is now one of the popular landscaping options. Xeriscaping may have been initially common in desert areas, but it has now become the landscaping method of choice for rental property owners in many different places. This could be due to the direct benefits xeriscaping offers to the owners and tenants of rental properties. Choosing to xeriscape a yard is an individual choice. 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 and is not will help you figure out if it is the right option for your properties. There are plenty of misperceptions about xeriscaping. Property owners sometimes think that a xeriscaped yard is one that has no grass or trees. This could not be further from the truth! Xeriscaping is one style of landscaping that 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, and adding decorative rocks or other “hardscaping” elements.

This landscaping approach has many benefits. Planting trees and shrubs that need less water also mean lower utility costs. Xeriscaping often uses a drip system to deliver water directly to plants, avoiding waste. Xeriscaping 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 range of colors and sizes for easy customization of your landscaping design. Achieving a xeriscaped yard for less money is possible 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 Cache Valley has a full staff of Hyde Park property managers ready to take over for you. For more information, contact us online or call us at 435-753-5200.

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