Attractive landscaping is a major feature of any successful rental property. A green, clean yard with the visual appeal can be of great help to you especially if you attract and keep quality tenants but may raise your property values as well. One of the best things you can cover in your rental property’s landscape design is a beautiful tree. However, not all trees are a good choice 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 Valle Vista rental property, it’s an excellent idea first to consider which varieties make the best options.
A great way to choose the best trees for your rental property is to figure out what your low-maintenance options are. No tenant will ever wish to spend hours or days raking leaves, cleaning up seedpods, or dealing with a bumper crop of fruit. Avoid fruit trees at all costs. They not only make a huge mess, but they can be a magnet for insects, rodents, and other pests. Rather, consider low-mess trees like the evergreen arborvitae or spruce.
Arborvitae is a tall, elegant-looking tree that is very low-maintenance. It thrives well in many climates and can be pruned and shaped into hedges or privacy screens. Spruce, on the other hand, is a sharp-needled evergreen that works very well in cooler climates. Spruce trees are slow-growing and require only minimal care, making them a very popular option for easy-care landscaping.
If leafy trees are more your style, the top two least-messy varieties are the flowering dogwood and the maple tree. There are many kinds of dogwood trees, but the flowering varieties are the most popular since they produce large flowers in the spring and dark red leaves in the fall. Dogwoods tend to grow quickly, providing both beauty and shade for your rental house in a few short years. The maple tree, on the other hand, is the autumn beauty that gives off plenty of shade in warmer months. Maple trees do drop their leaves in the fall, as does the dogwood tree, but maple trees have no flowers or berries. Maple trees likewise come in a range of sizes and varieties.
Other than 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 hard to go wrong with an oak tree. They are notable, shady wonders that work in many different climates. However, keep in mind that oak trees tend to grow slowly, so the shade may take a few years to develop.
If you favor a smaller, flowering tree, consider adding a desert willow or a Japanese lilac to the yard. They work well 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
Eventually, 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 which will 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 Northern Arizona offers a full list of Valle Vista property management services, and that includes regular maintenance, inside and out. Contact us online or call us at 928-757-7368 for more information.
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