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Xeriscaping: What it is and How it Can Benefit You

Evanston Rental Property with a Xeriscaped YardAs an investor, one of your concerns should be ensuring your Evanston rental properties have charming yet low-maintenance landscaping. Among the many available choices, xeriscaping is now one of the popular landscaping options. Even as xeriscaping originated from the desert areas, it is now a landscaping method of choice for rental property owners in different markets. What makes xeriscaping attractive is the direct benefits it offers to those who use it. Choosing to xeriscape a yard is an individual choice. Before deciding to do so, you must learn what xeriscaping is and what its benefits are.

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. There are some property owners who think that a xeriscaped yard is one that does not have grass or trees. This is not true. Xeriscaping is one style of landscaping that makes use of smaller amounts of water more 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. Xeriscaping often uses a drip system to deliver water directly to plants, 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 of the yard.

Decorative rock comes in a wide range of colors and sizes, making it possible to easily add custom rock areas to your landscaping. 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 made from river rock or pebbles curving across the yard. Landscaping with rocks lets investors get creative with their designs and have pretty landscaping year-round.

Another important benefit of xeriscaping is that it is very low-maintenance. Smaller lawn areas mean less mowing and trimming without sacrificing the attractiveness of the yard. 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 lower, and your rental property will remain attractive from season to season.

Need more guidance on landscaping? Has maintenance become overwhelming? Real Property Management Chicago Edge has a full staff of Evanston property managers ready to take over for you. For more information, contact us online or call us at 773-904-7700.

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