Cleaning Up Your Own Backyard

3 Tips For Landscaping Your Single-Family Rental Property

by Warren Garcia

Making sure that the landscaping looks nice at your rental property is important. Plus, it is important to make sure that it's easy to take care of, since you might not know whether or not your tenants will actually want to take care of the landscaping. If you follow these tips, you can help ensure that you landscape your rental property the right way.

1. Pour Concrete

Dirt or gravel driveways and walkways can look okay when they are done properly. However, they don't look as nice as concrete in many cases, and they do have to be replenished and re-spread occasionally if you want them to continue to look good. A better option for a rental property is to pour concrete. Potential tenants might see the concrete as more appealing and might be more interested in renting the property, for one thing. Plus, concrete is easy to spray off and take care of, and you won't have to worry about bringing in new loads of dirt or gravel.

2. Use Mulch

Adding mulch around your rental property, such as to create flower beds or to simply spread it around the exterior perimeter of the house can add some appeal and visual interest. Plus, mulch can help keep plants properly hydrated and can help prevent weed growth, so it can make it easier for your tenant to take good care of the property.

3. Plant Easy-Care Plants

Some tenants are not really interested in gardening. Others might like the idea of taking care of the plants on the property but just might not really know how to do it properly. To help ensure that the lawn looks good but that it's easy for your tenants to take care of, focus on putting in plants that are easy to care for and that are hardy in the area's weather conditions. For example, succulents can look nice in hot environments and don't require very much care at all. Also, a lot of evergreen shrubs do well on their own without a lot of extra care. By putting in the right plants, you can improve the look of the landscaping for your rental property, and you will not have to worry as much about your tenants not taking care of the plants.

Landscaping your rental property does not have to be difficult if you keep a few things in mind. These three tips can help steer you in the right direction of making your rental property look nice without having to worry too much about whether or not the landscaping will be properly cared for.