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Xeriscaping: What it is and How it Can Benefit You

Salem Rental Property with a Xeriscaped YardAs an investor, one of your main concerns should be ensuring that your Salem rental properties have eye-catching yet low-maintenance landscaping. There are many landscaping options available. Xeriscaping is one that is fast becoming a popular pick. While xeriscaping was originally common in desert areas, it has rapidly become the landscaping method of choice for many property owners. This is mainly because most features of xeriscaping are beneficial to owners and tenants. Choosing to xeriscape a yard is an individual choice. Learning about xeriscaping and its benefits will help make deciding an easier task.

Deciding if xeriscaping is the best option for your properties begins by understanding what it is. There are a lot of misperceptions about xeriscaping. Some property owners think that a xeriscaped yard would not need grass or trees. This is definitely untrue. Xeriscaping is a style of landscaping that allows you to use smaller amounts of water efficiently. This could 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 landscaping method has a lot of benefits. One benefit is reduced utility costs from the use of trees and shrubs that need much less water. Most xeriscaping uses a drip system to water plants and trees directly, 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.

Decorative rock comes in a wide range of colors and sizes, which easily blend in with your landscaping design. 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. Consider the eye-catching appeal of a path of river rock or pebbles curving across the yard. Landscaping with rocks allow investors to have beautiful landscaping year-round

Another important benefit of xeriscaping is that it is very low-maintenance. You will have smaller lawn areas that look well-kept even with less mowing and trimming. Hardy trees and plants are often slow-growing, which means less trimming will be required. Having a low-maintenance yard may encourage tenants to stay longer in your rental property. You will enjoy a lower water bill and a neat-looking yard from season to season.

Need more guidance on landscaping? Has maintenance become overwhelming? Real Property Management Hometown has a full staff of Salem property managers ready to take over for you. For more information, contact us online or call us at 501-701-4702 or 501-303-6870.

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