A staggering 94% of all landlords who rent property in the UK are private, according to the English Private Landlord Survey 2018. While this often means great profits for the property owner, it also means much of the upkeep and maintenance falls to one single person’s responsibility, rather than being a shared duty, and this is especially so when it comes to caring for a garden. Whether you’re concerned about the challenge of watering plants, pruning or general care, keeping endeavours to a minimum is necessary to maintain an attractive, effortless garden.
Lay down boundaries
Everyone wants to live in a nice home with a great outdoor space, but not everyone thinks about the time and effort that gardening involves. Buying a property and letting it out is a big financial consideration, so you want to ensure that any outdoor areas are properly cared for. It’s relatively common for tenants and landlords to engage in some kind of dispute with regards to garden maintenance, so clearly outline responsibilities in a tenancy agreement. Installing multi-purpose decking, providing robust furniture, and starting out with a tidy garden will contribute to a well cared for outdoor area for the future.
Planting a garden
If you want to have an attractive garden to encourage renters, think about planting low-maintenance perennials, particularly if they’re native plants. Anything from Hostas to Lavender or Rose bushes are often very hardy, and won’t mind a little neglect, so are easier to grow. Succulents are very easy to look after, and can also be used as ground cover without needing very much water. Avoid choosing plants that need regular pruning, such as climbers and any plants that are spikey or could be poisonous for children or pets.
Looking after an established garden
It could be that you’ve bought a property which already has an established garden. This potentially means more effort needs to be put in. In these cases, it may be necessary to cut down or dig out intrusive trees or shrubs before you let out the property. Think about installing a water irrigation system and use mulch on garden beds to limit the growth of weeds and retain water. If there is already a lawn in the garden, it will need mowing on a regular basis, so provide a lawn mower for tenants to use.
In order to make a positive first impression to a potential tenant, use these simple gardening tips to ensure outdoor areas are appealing to the eye without having to put in a great deal of effort.