Property management involves a thousand and one details that are essential to maintaining the value of your investment property. And gardens are a number one ingredient in what is known as “pavement appeal,” the first impression that makes quality tenants compete for tenancy of the best properties in Hobart.
We’re also very aware of water use in Hobart. Expending thousands of gallons of water on gardens stretches a valuable resource, and not all tenants are garden-friendly. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for less when it comes to aesthetics. A low maintenance garden is good for your property value, and can look absolutely fabulous.
Through our relationships with landscapers and other gardening professionals, and our own experience, we’ve compiled these tips and tricks for low maintenance gardening in Hobart.
Limit (Or Eliminate) That Lawn
Lawns are hard work, and as property managers, we’ve seen the ravages of insufficient lawn maintenance. To make matters worse, lawns are the first to suffer in times of drought. Of course, kids and pets need a space where they can run around and play, but that doesn’t require acres of lawn. If you’re applying a “no kids or pets” rule, you might well decide to do away with lawn altogether.
Replace it by planting beds of drought-tolerant plants with paved or pebble pathways threading their way to pleasant surprises like a bench or shady gazebo. Turn a walk through the garden into an exciting and varied journey. You can’t do that with lawn!
Choose the Right Plants
Although everyone loves a rose garden, for example, roses are high-maintenance beauties that need watering, feeding, pruning and spraying. The same goes for beds of colourful annuals. They look charming, but must be attended to (and replaced) seasonally.
Choose hardy perennials, and go for native plants whenever you can. After all, they’re perfectly adapted to the conditions nature throws at them right here in Hobart. The result may not be a “no-maintenance” garden, but you’ll have far less to worry about if your tenants are inclined to leave the garden to itself.
Weeds are perfectly adapted to grow on exposed, disturbed soil. The seeds are triggered by the presence of sunlight and high soil temperatures. Covering ground reduces weed germination considerably – but beware of bark mulches since these can attract termites. Loose cobble stones look lovely as a mulch, or you can plant tough ground covers to create a living mulch that retains moisture and keeps weeds down.
Go for Minimalist Design
Some plants are incredibly sculptural and are best displayed on their own to throw their striking growth habits into prominence. We’ve seen gorgeous gardens consisting of gravelled areas punctuated by these form plants. The trick is to keep everything to a minimum, including the number of plant species you use. It’s an especially appropriate approach if your investment property has an ultra-modern design.
Baxton: Hobart Property Managers Get You Connected
Looking after your property in Hobart is part of our service. Admittedly, we can’t possibly do all the work ourselves, but we’re connected with the best professionals in every field – including horticulture.
Your low maintenance garden makes our job a whole lot easier – and it saves you money. Find out how we can help you to keep your property in Hobart in tip top shape. Get in touch today.
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