In an increasingly competitive rental market, it’s important not to forget about landscaping, as it might just be what puts your property above the competition – and creating a tenant-friendly garden is easier than you think.
The key is to create a green space that is not only attractive, but low maintenance so any tenant, green-thumb or not, can take care of it with little issue. At the end of the day, you want it to be a space that they enjoy being in and will want to maintain. Here are some easy tips and tricks to help you create the perfect, cost-effective, tenant-friendly garden.
When signing a lease with new tenants, it’s important to be clear about what you are expected to maintain versus what will be the tenant’s responsibility. Tenants are required to return your property, including the garden, in the same condition in which the tenancy started. However, you may work out an arrangement with your tenant where you will take responsibility for providing care for a particular part of the garden, such as a pool, fountain or high-maintenance plants.
Consider the long-term growth of anything you plant as you don’t want tree roots, leaves or overgrowth to become an expensive issue in the future.
A great maintenance-free option is paving. Not only do you not have to worry about grass becoming untidy or the chance of weeds taking over, paving also creates an open, welcoming entertaining area for your tenants, promoting desirable indoor and outdoor living spaces.
If you still want a classic backyard feel, opt for low maintenance grass such as Zoysia which is slow-growing so it doesn’t need to be mowed frequently, or even consider going with synthetic grass to get the best of both worlds.
One way to elevate the look of a garden space without too much effort is investing in screening plants. Try Clumping Bamboo, which is easier to manage than other varieties and only moderate in growth. It can act as a feature wall against the back fence, growing up to 4 metres in height but can be easily trimmed if it gets too tall for your tenant’s liking.
Tough plants that can survive most climates and require next to no maintenance are best for your space. Native plants have no issues battling the warmer months and give a homely feel. Eremophila Maculata (spotted emu bush) and Philotheca Buxifolius (cascade of stars) are both good plants to choose.
Another no-fuss solution are the cacti and succulent species which are ever-growing in popularity. Needing very little watering, they’re hardy and attractive. We recommend Crassula Campfire or any succulent in the Echeveria species.
Planting perennials is a great way to add some colour to your garden all year. Invest in garden beds or large pots of perennials to add a fuss-free splash of colour to your investment property.
Generally, most flower species will require some initial attention upon first planting. However, once established they will flourish and grow by themselves. Consider adding Gaillardia (blanket flower), Lavender, or Hibiscus to give your garden some character. If ever you find yourself at a loss on plant options, Golden Guinea Flower, Native Violet and Native Geranium are all native to the Upper North Shore and will thrive in our local suburbs.
Remember to have a plan, do your research and keep your tenants in mind when bringing your garden to life.