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Why You Need A Low Maintenance Landscape in Glendale

Modern Xeriscaping Design in Front Yard with Trees and ShrubsA beautiful, low maintenance landscape is ideal for rental properties in Glendale. Tenants are more likely to keep up maintenance on a yard that doesn’t require too much work, and low maintenance plants, shrubs, and trees will make it easy for them to thrive for many years. The best low maintenance landscape designs often minimize the use of water,using a variety of strategies and techniques to achieve a look that is together beautiful and easy to maintain.

Zeroscaping and Xeriscaping

If you’ve ever come to the American southwest, the chances are that you’ve seen varieties of both zeroscaping and xeriscape. Even though they may sound similar, there is a variation between each other. Zeroscaping refers to landscaping that uses virtually no water. The most common options are decorative rocks and gravel, with maybe some cactus thrown in. While some people find this look appealing, most prefer a bit more green in their yard.

And that is the time where xeriscape comes in. Xeriscaping is a landscape design technique that uses drought-resistant plants to create a vibrant, green yard with minimal water use. While xeriscape may incorporate elements of hardscaping (containing decorative paths or stone terraces, walls, and rock features), the emphasis is on green plants. Most xeriscape designs include small areas of lawn, such as drought-tolerant flowers and flowering shrubs. In warm climates, these flowering plants often produce colorful blooms all year long. The plants are supported by drip systems that supply water directly to the roots, eliminating any wasted water. Although best known in sunny climates, xeriscaping can be used just about anywhere as long as you use native varieties of drought-resistant plants and trees.

Evergreens and Perennials

Few things that can minimize the effort required to keep a beautiful yard like evergreens and perennials. Evergreen trees and shrubs are easy to grow, making them a great option for rental properties. For dramatic greenery, you can utilize several different kinds of evergreens in a yard or planter bed. Perennials are another easy-care part of a low maintenance yard. Perennials are flowers that return on their own every year, such as peony, hydrangea, and lavender. The only effort required to enjoy these beautiful plants is to decide which ones to plant in your property’s flower beds.

Elements to Avoid

Creating a low-effort landscape is like knowing what to do as it is about knowing what not to do. Many individuals choose fruit trees as an attractive option, but they require far more maintenance than other types of trees. They often have very specific water requirements, need annual pruning, and sometimes need to be fertilized carefully to produce good quality fruit. When the fruit does grow, it often attracts birds, insects, and rodents, none of which your tenants will enjoy. Unless treated with pesticides, the fruit is often inedible, and if it is collected from the tree, it will drop to the ground in the fall, creating a big mess. The smell of rotting fruit is not nice, and your tenant will undoubtedly be unhappy about picking it up and disposing of it every year.

By learning about different easy-care landscaping techniques – and what you should not do – you can create a beautiful, low maintenance landscape for your Glendale rental property that your tenants can enjoy. To learn more about what upgrades would best fit your property, contact our team at Real Property Management Vision today at 818-233-8789.

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