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Xeriscaping: What it is and How it Can Benefit You

Isle of Wight Rental Property with a Xeriscaped YardAs an investor, one important concern of yours should be ensuring your Isle of Wight rental properties have beautiful yet low-maintenance landscaping. Xeriscaping is an approach that is becoming a popular choice around the country. Xeriscaping is common in desert areas but it is now becoming the landscaping method of choice for a lot of rental property owners. This can be attributed to the benefits xeriscaping gives to both owners and tenants. Choosing to xeriscape a yard is an individual choice. Before deciding to do so, you must learn what xeriscaping is and what its benefits are.

Deciding on whether xeriscaping is suitable for your properties begins with understanding what it is and is not. There are a lot of misperceptions about xeriscaping. There are some property owners who think that a xeriscaped yard is one that does not have grass or trees. This is not true. Xeriscaping is an approach or style of landscaping that lets you use smaller amounts of water more efficiently. This involves reducing, but not eliminating, lawns or flower beds, planting hardy, drought-resistant trees and shrubs, and adding decorative rocks or other “hardscaping” elements.

Using this landscaping method will give you many benefits. When you plant trees and shrubs that need less water, you also reduce your utility costs. Most xeriscaping includes the use of a drip system to deliver water directly to plants, avoiding waste. Xeriscaping is also an ideal aid 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 cover the yard’s unsightly bare patches.

Decorative rock comes in a wide range of colors and sizes, making it possible to add custom rock areas to your landscaping easily. If you can find and use low-cost or even free materials, you can achieve a xeriscaped yard for far less money than you might think. Do not underestimate the eye-catching appeal of a path made from river rock or pebbles curving across the yard. Landscaping with rocks lets investors get creative with their designs and have pretty 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 keeping the yard attractive. Hardy trees and plants may require less trimming since they tend to be slower growing. Your tenants may be encouraged to stay longer in your rental home if you have a low-maintenance yard. Your water bill will be lower, and your rental property will remain attractive from season to season.

Need more guidance on landscaping? Has maintenance become overwhelming? Real Property Management Dominion has a full staff of Isle of Wight property managers ready to take over for you. For more information, contact us online or call us at 757-395-4274.

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