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Xeriscaping: What it is and How it Can Benefit You

Garden Oaks Rental Property with a Xeriscaped YardAs an investor, one of your top concerns should be ensuring your Garden Oaks rental properties have appealing yet low-maintenance landscaping. Though there are lots of measures to achieve this, one way that’s becoming popular nationwide is xeriscaping. Although xeriscaping has its roots in desert areas, it is quickly turning into the landscaping method of choice for rental property owners in diverse markets. This is because plenty of components of xeriscaping bestow advantages to both you and your tenants. Choosing to xeriscape a yard is an individual choice. To make that decision easier, it’s important first to learn what xeriscaping is and how it could help you.

Figuring out whether xeriscaping is right for your properties starts with understanding what it is – and what it isn’t. There are a lot of widespread misperceptions with xeriscaping. Various property owners assume that a xeriscaped yard doesn’t have grass or trees. But, this is not true at all. Xeriscaping is a particular style of landscaping designed to use smaller amounts of water more efficiently. This can include reducing, but not eliminating, lawns or flower beds, planting hardy, drought-resistant trees, and shrubs, and adding decorative rocks or other “hardscaping” elements.

This practice of landscaping has numerous apparent payoffs and benefits. By planting trees and shrubs that need less water, you can significantly reduce your utility costs. Most xeriscaping uses a drip system to deliver water directly to plants and trees, avoiding waste. Xeriscaping is similarly good 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 to cover unsightly bare patches underneath the trees or in shady areas of the yard.

Decorative rock comes in a wide range of colors and sizes, letting you effortlessly add custom rock areas to your landscaping that can be combined with your up-to-date landscaping design. There are also other practices to achieve a xeriscaped yard for far less money than you might have assumed, specifically if you can find and use low-cost or even free materials. Imagine the eye-catching appeal of a path made from river rock or pebbles curving across the yard. There are so many attractive ways to landscape with rocks that it has actually become a go-to pick for investors who desire high-quality landscaping year-round.

Another critical benefit of xeriscaping is that it is very low-maintenance. Smaller lawn areas mean less mowing and trimming without sacrificing any curb appeal. Hardy trees and plants tend to be somewhat slower growing, which may mean less trimming might be necessary. Tenants will definitely enjoy just how minimal maintenance the yard needs, which may perhaps incite them to live in the home a bit longer. Your water bill will decrease, and your rental property will maintain its clean and orderly look from season to season.

Need more guidance on landscaping? Has maintenance become overwhelming? Real Property Management Heritage has a full staff of Garden Oaks property managers ready to take over for you. For more information, contact us online or call us at 832-449-5263.

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