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Xeriscaping: What it is and How it Can Benefit You

Allentown Rental Property with a Xeriscaped YardAs an investor, one of your top concerns should be ensuring your Allentown rental properties have appealing yet low-maintenance landscaping. Although there are countless methods to do it, one method growing in popularity all over the country is xeriscaping. Although xeriscaping has its roots in desert areas, it is swiftly getting to be the landscaping method of choice for rental property owners in diverse markets. The reason for this is that various elements of xeriscaping extend clear 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 may help you.

Figuring out whether xeriscaping is right for your properties starts with understanding what it is – and what it isn’t. There are multiple well-known misperceptions regarding xeriscaping. Numerous property owners actually believe that a xeriscaped yard doesn’t have grass or trees. But, in reality, this is not correct. Xeriscaping is a particular style of landscaping designed to use smaller amounts of water more efficiently. This will comprise reducing, but not eliminating, lawns or flower beds, planting hardy, drought-resistant trees, and shrubs, and adding decorative rocks or other “hardscaping” elements.

This process of landscaping has a lot of advantages. By simply 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 furthermore terrific 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 beneath the trees or in shady locations of the yard.

Decorative rock comes in a wide range of colors and sizes, providing the perfect opportunity to add custom rock areas to your landscaping that merge with your latest landscaping design. There are likewise techniques to achieve a xeriscaped yard for far less money than you could believe, particularly if you can find and use low-cost or even free materials. Think of 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 turned into a go-to option for investors who call for charming landscaping year-round.

Another major 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 may be necessary. Tenants will perhaps be delighted with how very little maintenance the yard needs, which might motivate them to reside in the home for a longer time. Your water bill will decrease, and your rental property will continue looking really neat and tidy from season to season.

Need more guidance on landscaping? Has maintenance become overwhelming? Real Property Management Lehigh Valley has a full staff of Allentown property managers ready to take over for you. For more information, contact us online or call us at 484-544-3351.

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