Quality landscaping can have a substantial effect on the value and desirability of your units, but maintaining lawn and garden can quickly become a big ticket budget item. By making smart choices and keeping labor, water and fuel expenses low, it’s possible to keep costs in check while keeping your units looking their best. Here are some expert tips to keep your property looking its best without breaking the bank:
- Choose plants native to your location. Since they are suited to the locale, they will take less maintenance and effort in planting. This is also a factor in sustainable landscaping, which can add even more value in the right market.
- Choose slow-growing species of shrubs and bushes to reduce pruning and shaping. Planting them a little bit farther away from a walkway or driveway – if they don’t encroach, an unruly shrub won’t be as noticeable.
- When shopping around for landscapers, try to hire in the winter. Business is slow and they will be more inclined to bargain for discounted rates just to secure a contract.
- Trees can increase aesthetic appeal and value of condo units, while saving energy by shading in the summer and shielding from snow in the winter.
- If you’re doing a substantial landscaping overhaul, look into accreditation for sustainable landscaping. This can add huge value to your property in the green market, and many sustainable solutions will pay for themselves over time with reduced water and fertilizer costs.
- For flower beds, buy low maintenance perennials and bulbs that propagate on their own like tiger lilies, hyacinths and crocus for low upkeep color every spring.
- Diversifying gardens and flower patches can make them more difficult to keep up with, since each species will have different water and fertilizer needs. Keep things simple with fewer species.
- Look into drought-resistant plants to reduce your water bills. Succulents like Angelina and Sempervivum have become incredibly popular lately and require very little water and maintenance and grow well in many climates.
- Consider upgrading to moisture sensing sprinkler systems -- they will be able to tell when it’s raining or when the soil is already saturated and doesn’t need additional water, reducing water usage. They are more expensive, but if you live in a relatively moist climate, they will pay for themselves in water savings over time.