How to make landscape maintenance easier at your Houston rental property

Is landscape maintenance a problem at your Houston rental property? If so, like most owners you’re probably searching for ways to simplify landscape maintenance to either make your job easier or ensure that the landscaping is easy for your tenants to maintain.

Thankfully, landscape maintenance is easier than ever before especially if you follow these simple tips.

Invest in a Tractor

Getting the job done easily and efficiently comes down to having the best equipment. If you don’t currently have a tractor to help with your landscaping, this should be the number one item on your list.

“Whether you are building a fish pond, retaining wall or planting shrubs to beautify your home, you need a tractor,” says Dave Boyt at Hobbyfarms.com. “Use the front end loader of rear lift to move rocks and fill dirt and the blade to sculpt the ground, level off hills, direct drainage and build small ponds.”

When choosing a tractor, the most important factor to consider is horsepower: “If you are going to make a mistake, always make the mistake of buying too much horsepower,” says William C. Nelson III, president of Nelson Tractor Company. Horsepower will determine load size, which attachments you can use, and more.

Use this guide from Countryside Daily to determine the best tractor for your needs.

Choose Native Plants

Before you start planning the layout of your flowerbed or garden, find out which plants are native to your area. Native plants have already been proven to thrive in the soil and the climate in your immediate area, allowing you to do less while maintaining their regular growing cycle, according to Better Homes and Gardens.

Use the official USDA zone map to determine which plants will live most successfully in your region.

Build a Berm

A berm, or a small mound of dirt where you can plant flowers and trees, is a great way to make landscaping easier for two reasons:

  1. This landscaping element helps with drainage, thanks to the gentle slope of the mound. That means you have to worry less about overwatering your plants, as extra water will flow down the sides.
  2. A berm creates a focal point in your yard. With just one out front or back, you can forget about dealing with extra plants and other elements that would require more work to maintain. Add brightly colored plants to make it stand out.

HouseLogic recommends keeping the berm about 2 feet high, with 4 to 6 feet in width for every foot in height.

Don’t Focus on Plants & Trees

Plants and trees are what take a lot of maintenance time. Instead, focus on turning your landscape into an oasis with other elements that will look great even without regular upkeep. For example, build a flat rock walkway from your garage to the back patio, or create a community space where residents can sit on benches and enjoy evening fires. These small touches will go a long way in creating an inviting space that doesn’t require constant maintenance.

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For professional property management contact Vestpro Residential Services at (832) 498-0016 or click here to connect with us online.

Popular landscaping trends of summer 2017: Our predictions

 

Summer is here and with the warm weather now is a great time for you to focus on improving the landscaping at your rental property but the big question is what type of landscaping are you going to choose? 

In this article we will reveal to you the most popular landscaping trends of 2017.

Popular landscaping trends of summer 2017

Programmable Green Space

This landscaping trend has been popular for a few years, but we’re starting to see it grow in popularity now that more Millennials are forgoing homeownership in favor of renting. Programmable green space can be used for a range of activities, from cookouts to flag football, a Frisbee tournament or a family picnic. Programmable green space is particularly important for city dwellers, as it evokes the sense of a yard for renters living in a concrete jungle.

We like this landscaping trend because it’s relatively low-cost and can be repurposed in creative way. Not every building owner has a large courtyard to repurpose as programmable green space—and that’s okay. Even the smallest plot of land can be enhanced with open green space. Just make sure that it’s designed to be inviting to residents, and that they know that it’s intended for their enjoyment.

As an added benefit, programmable green space can serve as a buffer between buildings, increasing the perception of privacy and combatting the feeling of claustrophobia that’s common in dense urban areas.

Hardscape Elements

Boulders, stones, sculptures, and pavers can be more expensive on the front end than other landscaping materials, but we love these features because they are low-maintenance and long-lasting. Hardscape elements tend to look attractive regardless of the season or their age.

The same is true of an outdoor patio. Whether it’s made from concrete or individually placed pavers, a well-designed patio can draw residents to an underutilized space. Create a warm, welcoming environment by adding outdoor furniture and grills. This will help to create a sense of community, no matter the size of your residential property.

Just be sure to care for outdoor furniture properly! Replace fabric on cushions, throw pillows, and umbrellas to make the area feel fresh, inviting, and clean at a low cost. Adding a colorful outdoor rug is another easy, inexpensive way to make the space feel comfortable. Thanks to advancements in technology, there are plenty of outdoor fabrics to choose from that are both fade-resistant and waterproof.

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Save time and money managing your rental properties this summer by calling Vestpro Residential Services at (832) 498-0016 or click here to connect with us online.