Various Medford property owners are finding ways to conserve water. However, rental properties should also have attractive landscaping to maintain value and curb appeal. These may sound like competing priorities, but with a proper strategy, it is possible to both save water and have a lovely yard. There are a couple of various things you can do to conserve water on your landscaping this spring.
One of the practical ways to conserve water on your landscaping is to change the way you water your existing trees and plants. The purpose of good water conservation is to water more efficiently. Leaking sprinkler systems or inefficient sprinkler heads can waste a lot of water over time, so it’s advisable to have your system inspected and maintained year to year. Another important aspect of efficient watering is direct the water to the roots as opposed to spraying it into the air. Installing drip heads can help deliver water to trees and plants more effectively, saving the amount of water required to maintain your plants looking green and healthy.
Another essential aspect of using water efficiently is to water your landscaping in the appropriate quantity and at a suitable time of the day. Many experts suggest watering your lawn and other plants deeply, but just a few times a week. This will help encourage your plants to grow deep roots that can withstand harsh weather conditions. Also, it is important to time your watering for optimal absorption. Before dawn, generally, it is the best time to water to ensure that the moisture is not evaporating into the air.
If you realize that your Medford properties are still wasting too much water, there are more strategies you can use. Check if the grass and plants you use in your landscaping are native to the area. Using native trees, shrubs, and grass varieties uses less water as these plants are already adapted well to thrive in your particular climate. If you aren’t sure, you can check the USDA website to find your planting zone and a list of plants that will beautify your rental’s yard while needing less water.
Using native plants is another xeriscaping principle, which is a landscaping method that focuses on reducing water use. Even though you don’t like to install a desert landscape on your rental property, you can still benefit from some of the most beneficial xeriscaping aspects. Attempt to reduce the size of your rental property’s lawn. If your property has large grass areas, you can greatly conserve water use by making the lawn smaller. Creative ways to do so include adding flower beds around the house or along walkways or fences. These zones can then be covered with mulch or even ground covers that will help retain water in the soil, discourage weeds, and give your landscaping a clean, professional look.
Using a combination of beneficial strategies, it is possible to keep your Medford rental property’s landscaping looking clean and attractive while conserving water at the same time. By using less water, you can not only save money on your utility bills but also find a whole new market for your environmentally-friendly rental house. Even though some of these strategies may demand some time and research, the end outcome is definitely worthwhile.
Need more guidance on landscaping? Has maintenance become overwhelming? Real Property Management Landmark has a full staff of Medford property managers ready to take over for you. For more information, contact us online or call us at 516-522-2859.
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