Garden maintenance is a big issue in rental properties. It’s one of the areas that cause the most concern with tenants and owners alike. With water restrictions in place, and Perth’s tendency to have very dry summers, more owners are choosing water-wise gardens.
Using less water is the key to creating a water-wise garden and one of the best ways to do this is by choosing plants that can cope with drier conditions. The Water Corporations suggests the following plants:
- Indian Hawthorn
- Pink Diosma
- Kangaroo Paw
- Heart Leaf Flame Pea
- Flowering Plum.
A garden that looks after itself is a big drawcard for potential tenants, so it is worth considering.
Maintenance for established gardens
For those with established gardens, we recommend organising a once-a-year spring garden check-up. While tenants are generally pretty good about weeding or keeping lawns mowed, tasks like extensive pruning can be tricky (especially if you don’t know what you’re doing).
A spring garden check-up is also a great opportunity to assess the health of your plants and soil, and to get advice about the long-term health of your garden.
(Image credit: The Clovenhoof Society)