Some people love yard work. Mowing the lawn or weeding gives people time to relax and be outside in nature. Most people see yard work as what it is: work. That means that if your Solano rental property requires little-to-no gardening and landscaping, your tenants will thank you for it. Here are some of the best ways to keep your property’s exterior maintenance-free without getting rid of the outdoor charm and curb appeal.
Create Outdoor Living Spaces to Decrease Gardening and Landscaping
The fewer living things you have growing in your rental property’s yard, the better. It stands to reason that if your rental property’s lawn is covered in plants, trees, grass, and flowers, it will require a lot of maintenance. If you cover up the majority of your property with a patio made of concrete or landscaping stones, it will take a lot of hassle out of maintaining your rental property. Not only that, an outdoor living space might even make your rental property more appealing to potential renters. If your tenants are big entertainers, they will love having an outdoor space ready for parties, barbeques, and more. Stage the outdoor space with nice patio furniture for maximum impact on potential renters. To decrease maintenance even further, make sure that your patio space has a solid foundation. Digging out six to eight inches and filling that hole with small rocks is a great way to prevent weeds from growing through your patio and your stones or concrete from becoming less level.
Cut Back on Grass Cutting
There are quite a few ways to reduce the amount of time required to mow a lawn. The first of these might be the most obvious: don’t have a lawn. Instead of grass that requires mowing, watering, trimming, and weeding, opt for an artificial solution. There are plenty of turf options on the market that are nearly identical to real grass. These options require much less work and are more durable than grass. Pets and kids won’t tear it up when they play in the yard. If turf feels like a risk because your tenant pool prefers a more traditional yard, you can replace portions of the lawn with mulch beds or beds of crushed stones. These features break up the green for a bit of contrast and reduce the amount of grass that needs to be cut. Additionally, mulch breaks down into fertilizer. This is great for plants, but it does mean that the mulch will eventually need to be replaced. Stone beds will never need to be replaced, so if you really want to cut back on maintenance of any kind, that’s the way to go.
What to Plant, What Not to Plant
Opt for perennial plants. You will never need to replace these plants, as they come back to life season after season. Lavenders are a great option since they add a nice pop of color while also repelling bugs. Potted plants are a great way to add the color of high-maintenance plants without the high-maintenance strings attached. If there is a flower that you can’t live without even though you know that it will require a lot of work, potting those flowers is a terrific option. Cutting back on plants is another great way to reduce landscaping and gardening maintenance. Other plants to avoid: plants that attract slugs or rabbits, plants that need staking, plants that climb up trellises or buildings, and plants that are not native to the area (this includes grass.)
After You Have Situated Your Garden and Landscaping
Once your landscaping is tenant-ready, and you are sure that they won’t be able to easily kill off everything you have worked for, it is time to actually find tenants to love your property. With a ton of other rental properties on the Solano market, not to mention home-buying options, this is no easy task. If you’d rather start the search with professionals on your team to help you along the way, give Keyrenter Solano a call. Keyrenter has plenty of experience, dozens of locations, and tried-and-true tenant screening processes. We will make sure that you find the perfect renters for your property. Find out what we can do for you. Call us today.