Attractive landscaping is a crucial feature in any successful rental property. A green, neat yard with the visual appeal can not only help you attract and keep quality tenants but may raise your property values too. One of the greatest things you can include in your rental property’s landscape design is a beautiful tree. But then again, not all trees are a good choice for rental homes. If possible, you would plant a tree that offers both beauty and shade while still being relatively easy to maintain. Before you choose a tree for your Yorktown rental property, it’s an excellent idea first to consider which varieties make the best options.
One way to choose the best trees for your rental property is to decipher what your low-maintenance options are. No tenant will want to waste hours or days raking leaves, cleaning up seedpods, or keeping up a bumper crop of fruit. Avoid fruit trees at all costs. They not only make a big mess, but they can be a source of attraction for insects, rodents, and other pests. Instead, consider low-mess trees like the evergreen arborvitae or spruce.
Arborvitae is a tall, elegant-looking tree that is very low-maintenance. It flourishes 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 splendidly in cooler climates. Spruce trees are slow-growing and require only minimal care, making them a very common alternative for easy-care landscaping.
If leafy trees are more your choice, 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 because 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, alternatively, is the autumn beauty that offers plenty of shade in warmer months. Maple trees do drop their leaves in the fall, so does the dogwood tree, but maple trees have no flowers or berries. Maple trees also come in a range of sizes and varieties.
Way past these four low-maintenance trees, you could 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 inspiring, shady wonders that work in many different climates. However, bear in mind that oak trees tend to grow slowly, so the shade may take a few years to develop.
If you choose a smaller, flowering tree, try 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
In the end, 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 VA Peninsula offers a full list of Yorktown property management services, and that includes regular maintenance, inside and out. Contact us online or call us at 757-251-9188 for more information.
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