Attractive landscaping is an essential part of any successful rental property. A green, clean yard with the visual appeal will not only help you attract and keep quality tenants but may raise your property values as well. One of the best things you can incorporate into a rental property’s landscape design is a beautiful tree. But not all trees are the best option for rental homes. Preferably, you would plant a tree that gives both beauty and shade while still being relatively easy to maintain. Before you choose a tree for your Riverhead rental property, it would be well first to consider which varieties make the best options.
One easy approach to choose the best trees for your rental property is to find out what your low-maintenance options are. No tenant would like to waste days or weeks raking leaves, cleaning up seedpods, or dealing with a bumper crop of fruit. Avoid fruit trees at all costs. They not only bring a big mess, but they can also be a lure for insects, rodents, and other pests. Instead, consider low-mess trees like the evergreen arborvitae or spruce.
Arborvitae is a tall, elegant-looking tree that is very low-maintenance. It cultivates well in many climates and can be pruned and shaped into hedges or privacy screens. Spruce, however, is a sharp-needled evergreen that performs very good in cooler climates. Spruce trees are slow-growing and require only minimal care, making them an outstanding alternative for easy-care landscaping.
If you prefer a leafy tree, then the top leading least-messy kinds are the flowering dogwood and the maple tree. There are several types of dogwood trees, but the flowering varieties are the most favorite since they produce large flowers in the spring and dark red leaves in the fall. Dogwoods tend to grow quickly, giving both attractiveness and shade for your rental house in a few short years. The maple tree, instead, is the autumn beauty that brings lots of shade in warmer months. Maple trees do drop their leaves in the fall, much like dogwood trees, but maple trees have no flowers or berries. Maple trees also come in a range of sizes and varieties.
Apart from these four low-maintenance trees, you might consider the top picks of professional landscapers for your rental property’s yard. For most landscapers, it’s uncommon to make a mistake with an oak tree. These are amazing, shady wonders that work in many different climates. Nevertheless, please remember that oak trees tend to grow slowly, so the shade may take a few years to develop.
If you choose a smaller, flowering tree, try planting a desert willow or a Japanese lilac to the yard. They look good in smaller spaces, are easy to care for, and have flowers on them much longer than other trees. These features make them a beautiful addition to a low-maintenance landscape.
A few other options to consider include:
- Leyland Cypress
- Palo Verde
- European Beech
- Japanese Stewartia
Ultimately, the best trees for your rental property will be ones that you choose based on your climate, preferences, and existing landscaping. There are many great options; all of them can add beauty and value to your property for years to come.
Now that your landscaping is taken care of, who’s going to maintain it? Real Property Management Landmark provides a full list of Riverhead property management services, and that contains regular maintenance, inside and out. Contact us online or call us at 516-522-2859 for more information.
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