Attractive landscaping is an essential component of any successful rental property. A green, beautiful yard with visual appeal will not only help you attract and keep quality tenants but may raise your property values as well. One of the best things you can add to a rental property’s landscape design is a beautiful tree. But not all trees are the best option for rental homes. Preferably, it would be helpful if you planted a tree that offers both beauty and shade while still being relatively easy to maintain. Before you choose a tree for your Sussex County rental property, it would be essential first to consider which varieties make the best options.
A straightforward way to choose the best trees for your rental property is to analyze what your low-maintenance options are. No tenant would like to spend their precious time raking leaves, cleaning up seedpods, or dealing with a bumper crop of fruit. Avoid fruit trees at all costs. They are not only creating a huge mess, but they can also be an attraction for insects, rodents, and other pests. Instead, consider low-mess trees such as evergreen arborvitae or spruce.
Arborvitae is a tall, elegant-looking tree that is very low-maintenance. It is well grown in many climates and can be pruned and shaped into hedges or privacy screens. Spruce, however, is a sharp-needled evergreen that grows perfectly well in cooler climates. Spruce trees are slow-growing and require only minimal care, making them an excellent solution for easy-care landscaping.
If you would like a leafy tree, then the top two less messy choices are the flowering dogwood and the maple tree. There are many types of dogwood trees, but the flowering varieties are the most chosen because they produce large flowers in the spring and dark red leaves in the fall. Dogwoods tend to grow quickly, bringing both elegance and shade for your rental house in a few short years. The maple tree, differently, is the autumn beauty that provides lots of shade in warmer months. Maple trees drop their leaves in the fall, much like dogwood trees, but maple trees have no flowers or berries. Maple trees also come in a range of sizes and varieties.
Except from 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 unusual to make a mistake with an oak tree. These are beautiful, shady wonders that work in many different climates. However, kindly take note that oak trees tend to grow slowly, so the shade may take a few years to develop.
If you want a smaller, flowering tree, try growing a desert willow or a Japanese lilac to the yard. They thrive 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
Ultimately, 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 them can 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 Diamond provides a complete list of Sussex County property management services, and that contains regular maintenance, inside and out. Contact us online or call us at 302-313-7700 for more information.
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