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Xeriscaping: What it is and How it Can Benefit You

Carrollton Rental Property with a Xeriscaped YardAs an investor, one major concern should be making sure that your Carrollton rental properties have attractive yet low-maintenance landscaping. While many options abound, one approach that is becoming popular in many places is xeriscaping. 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. To make that choice easier, you must first know how you can benefit from xeriscaping.

Contemplating whether xeriscaping the best option for your properties begins by seeing this method for what it is and what it is not. There are some common misperceptions about xeriscaping. Some think that a xeriscaped yard is devoid of grass or trees. This is definitely untrue. Xeriscaping is a style of landscaping that allows you to use smaller amounts of water more 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 approach comes with 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 deliver water directly to the plants, therefore avoiding waste. Xeriscaping is also 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 under trees or in shady parts of the yard.

Decorative rock comes in a wide range of colors and sizes, making it easy for you to add elements to your landscaping. There are also ways to achieve a xeriscaped yard for far less money than usual especially if you can find and use low-cost or even free materials. Consider the eye-catching appeal of a path of river rock or pebbles curving across the yard. Landscaping with rocks gives investors the advantage of having beautiful landscaping year-round.

Another important benefit of xeriscaping is that it is very low-maintenance. Smaller lawn areas mean less mowing and trimming while still maintaining curb appeal. Hardy trees and plants tend to be slower growing, and often require less trimming. Most tenants consider a low-maintenance yard as an advantage when choosing rental properties. Your water bill will decrease and your property will look great from season to season.

Need more guidance on landscaping? Has maintenance become overwhelming? Real Property Management Legend has a full staff of Carrollton property managers ready to take over for you. For more information, contact us online or call us at 214-227-2404.

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