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Xeriscaping: What it is and How it Can Benefit You

Brewer Rental Property with a Xeriscaped YardAs an investor, one of your priorities should be ensuring your Brewer rental properties have pleasant yet low-maintenance landscaping. There are many landscaping options available. Xeriscaping is one that is fast becoming a popular pick. Xeriscaping has its origins in desert areas. Despite this, it is quickly becoming the landscaping method of choice for rental property owners in many places. What makes xeriscaping attractive is the direct benefits it offers to those who use it. 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.

When you know what xeriscaping is — and is not– you can figure out if this is the best landscaping option for your properties. There are a number of misperceptions about xeriscaping. Some property owners think that a xeriscaped yard would not need grass or trees. This is very far from the truth. Xeriscaping is a style of landscaping that allows you to use smaller amounts of water 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 method has a lot of benefits. Planting trees and shrubs that need less water would lead to a reduction in your utility costs. Xeriscaping usually uses a drip system to deliver water directly to plants and trees, avoiding waste. Xeriscaping also helps 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 or in shady parts of the yard.

Decorative rock comes in a wide range of colors and sizes, so you can easily customize your landscaping design. To achieve a xeriscaped yard for far less money than usual, look around and see 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. Having smaller lawn areas means less mowing and trimming while still keeping the yard looking nice. Hardy trees and plants are usually slower growing, therefore less trimming will be required. Having a low-maintenance yard may encourage tenants to stay longer in your rental property. Your water bill will be much lower, and your property will stay attractive from season to season.

Need more guidance on landscaping? Has maintenance become overwhelming? Real Property Management Acadia has a full staff of Brewer property managers ready to take over for you. For more information, contact us online or call us at 207-561-7482.

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