So you are a landlord who is looking to rent out your property. But, your property also has a garden. Providing a garden with your property can be a real plus for many tenants, however, some may worry about how much time they need to put in to keep the garden in tip-top condition. As a landlord, you want to make sure that the garden is kept well, so in the circumstance your tenants move out, there is less work that you need to do to get your property ready again for the rental market.
It has been recommended to take away the grass.
Garden lawns require a lot of attention, from weeding to keeping the grass even in dry, summer months when lawns can become dry and patchy. But, the grass needs to be replaced.
- Why not replace the lawn with wide plant beds? To keep the garden looking tidy, pretty and yet simple all year round, plant some evergreen, perennials, bulbs and native border shrubs.
- Have a look at creating gravel paths, at a recommendation of four to eight feet wide. Gravel paths will help to stop weeds growing and would help water drain faster to help prevent possible flooding in the garden. For a better look, why not add some pavers or flagstones?
- Create some seating areas that are around the paths. Why not transform previously unused areas within the garden into gravelled land for benches or tables. Top tip! Use vinegar products or flame weeders to keep these areas free of weeds.
How can you take away the bore of weeding?
Allow your tenants to spend less time weeding, and more time enjoying the garden! Perennial plants are lovely to look at but need a fair bit of maintenance so have a look into replacing these with shrubs. Shrubs are a lot easier to plant through a weed-suppressing membrane, which would prevent weeds further. Having a shrub bed can also further minimise the time needed to maintain as shrub beds don’t require regular watering, unlike perennial beds. After planting the shrubs, just add a bark or gravel layer on top to finish off the look.
Have you thought about technology within the garden?
It might be a good idea to think about integrating technology in the garden. Sprinkler systems have the initial cost, of course, however, it would take away the need for your tenants to water various plants that you choose to have in the garden. The tenants can sit back and relax in the garden while the sprinklers are doing the most regular upkeep needed for the garden.