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Xeriscaping: What it is and How it Can Benefit You

Lombard Rental Property with a Xeriscaped YardAs an investor, one of your main concerns should be ensuring that your Lombard rental properties have eye-catching 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. Xeriscaping has its origins in desert areas. Despite this, it is quickly becoming the landscaping method of choice for rental property owners in many places. This could be due to the direct benefits xeriscaping offers to the owners and tenants of rental properties. Choosing to xeriscape a yard is an individual choice. Learning about xeriscaping and its benefits will help make deciding an easier task.

Deciding on whether xeriscaping is suitable for your properties begins with understanding what it is and is not. There are plenty of misperceptions about xeriscaping. Some property owners think that a xeriscaped yard would not need grass or trees. This could not be further from the truth! Xeriscaping is a style of landscaping designed to use smaller amounts of water efficiently. This includes reducing, but not eliminating, lawns or flower beds, planting hardy, drought-resistant trees and shrubs, and adding decorative rocks or other “hardscaping” elements.

Using this landscaping method will give you many benefits. Planting trees and shrubs that need less water also mean lower utility costs. Xeriscaping usually uses a drip system to deliver water directly to plants and trees, avoiding waste. Xeriscaping also helps prevent 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 or in shady parts of the yard.

Decorative rock comes in a wide range of colors and sizes, so you can easily customize your landscaping design. To achieve a xeriscaped yard for far less money than usual, look around and see 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. 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. Having smaller lawn areas means less mowing and trimming while still keeping the yard looking nice. Hardy trees and plants may require less trimming since they tend to be slower growing. A low-maintenance yard is likely to attract most tenants as well. Your water bill will be much lower, and your property will stay attractive from season to season.

Need more guidance on landscaping? Has maintenance become overwhelming? Real Property Management DuPage Preferred has a full staff of Lombard property managers ready to take over for you. For more information, contact us online or call us at 630-427-2200.

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