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Xeriscaping: What it is and How it Can Benefit You

Amsterdam Rental Property with a Xeriscaped YardAs an investor, one of your concerns should be ensuring your Amsterdam rental properties have charming yet low-maintenance landscaping. There are a number of options you can choose from. One is xeriscaping, which is quickly becoming popular around the country. Even as xeriscaping originated from the desert areas, it is now a landscaping method of choice for rental property owners in different markets. Xeriscaping is an attractive choice because it offers many direct benefits to both owners and tenants. Choosing to xeriscape a yard is an individual choice. Learning about xeriscaping and its benefits will help make deciding an easier task.

Deciding if xeriscaping is the best option for your properties begins by understanding what it is. Misperceptions about xeriscaping abound. Some believe that a xeriscaped yard would not have grass or trees. This is certainly untrue. Xeriscaping is a style of landscaping designed to use smaller amounts of water efficiently. This involves reducing, but not eliminating, lawns or flower beds, planting hardy, drought-resistant trees and shrubs, and adding decorative rocks or other “hardscaping” elements.

There are a lot of benefits to using this landscaping approach. One of these is the reduction of utility costs owing to the use of trees and shrubs that need less water. Most xeriscaping uses a drip system to water plants and trees directly, avoiding waste. Xeriscaping is also aids in 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 of the yard.

Decorative rock comes in a wide range of colors and sizes, which easily blend in with your landscaping design. There are some ways to achieve a xeriscaped yard for far less money than you might think. If you can find and use low-cost or even free materials, you significantly reduce your costs. Consider the eye-catching appeal of a path made from river rock or pebbles curving across the yard. There are a lot of creative ways to landscape with rocks that this has become a top choice for investors who want pretty landscaping year-round.

Another important benefit of xeriscaping is that it is very low-maintenance. You will have smaller lawn areas that look well-kept even with less mowing and trimming. Hardy trees and plants are often slow-growing, which means less trimming will be required. A low-maintenance yard is likely to attract most tenants as well. You will enjoy a lower water bill and a neat-looking yard from season to season.

Need more guidance on landscaping? Has maintenance become overwhelming? Real Property Management Bozeman has a full staff of Amsterdam property managers ready to take over for you. For more information, contact us online or call us at 406-586-2226.

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