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Xeriscaping: What it is and How it Can Benefit You

Cambridge Rental Property with a Xeriscaped YardAs an investor, one of your top concerns should be ensuring your Cambridge rental properties have appealing yet low-maintenance landscaping. Even though there are a lot of ways to do it, one way that’s increasingly popular throughout the country is xeriscaping. Although xeriscaping has its roots in desert areas, it is speedily turning out to be the landscaping method of choice for rental property owners in diverse areas. It has something to do with the fact that quite a lot of aspects of xeriscaping grant a lot of benefits 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 might serve you.

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

This technique of landscaping has lots of evident values 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 equally perfect 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 below the trees or in shady spots of the yard.

Decorative rock comes in a wide range of colors and sizes, allowing you, without difficulty, to add custom rock areas to your landscaping that integrates with your recent landscaping design. There are additional ways to achieve a xeriscaped yard for far less money than you might expect, in particular, if you can find and use low-cost or even free materials. Contemplate 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 transformed into a go-to selection for investors who desire lovely landscaping year-round.

One other significant 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 would be needed. Tenants will possibly be satisfied with how low maintenance the yard calls for, which could definitely entice them to stay in the home a little longer. Your water bill will decrease, and your rental property will keep on looking really clean and tidy from season to season.

Need more guidance on landscaping? Has maintenance become overwhelming? Real Property Management Boston has a full staff of Cambridge property managers ready to take over for you. For more information, contact us online or call us at 617-522-0099.

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