Several Oakland property owners are curious about methods to conserve water. However rental properties also need to have attractive landscaping to maintain value and curb appeal. These may seem like competing priorities, but with careful planning, it is possible to both save water and have an attractive yard. There are numerous ways that you can conserve water on your landscaping this spring.
One of the easiest ways to conserve water on your landscaping is to change how you water your existing trees and plants. The idea behind good water conservation is to water more efficiently. Leaking sprinkler systems or inefficient sprinkler heads can waste a lot of water over time, so it’s important to have your system inspected and maintained from year to year. Another big part of efficient watering is direct the water to the roots rather than spraying it into the air. Installing drip heads can help deliver water to trees and plants more effectively, saving how much water you need to keep your plants green and healthy.
Another important part of using water efficiently is to water your landscaping the right amount and at the right time of day. Most experts suggest watering your lawn and other plants deeply, but just a few times a week. This will help encourage your plants to grow deep roots that can withstand harsh weather conditions. Also, it important to time your watering for optimal absorption. Before dawn, for most places, it is the best time to water to ensure that the moisture is not evaporating into the air.
If you find that your Oakland properties are still using too much water, there are other strategies you can apply. Make sure that the grass and plants used in your landscaping are native to the area. Using native trees, shrubs, and grass varieties uses less water because these plants are already adapted well to thrive in your particular climate. If you aren’t sure, you can check the USDA website to find your planting zone and a list of plants that will enhance your rental’s yard while needing less water.
Using native plants is another xeriscaping principle, an approach to landscaping that focuses on reducing water use. Even if you don’t want to install a desert landscape into your rental property, you can still use some of the most beneficial xeriscaping aspects. Consider lowering the size of your rental property’s lawn. If your property has large grass areas, you can significantly conserve water use by making the lawn smaller. Creative ways to do so include adding flower beds around the house or along walkways or fences. These areas can then be covered with mulch or even ground covers that will help retain water in the soil, discourage weeds, and give your landscaping a clean, professional look.
Using a combination of smart strategies, it is possible to keep your Oakland rental property’s landscaping looking clean and attractive while conserving water at the same time. By using less water, you can not only save money on your utility bills but also find a whole new market for your environmentally-friendly rental house. While some of these strategies may require a little time and research, the results are definitely worth the effort.
Need more guidance on landscaping? Has maintenance become overwhelming? Real Property Management Masters has a full staff of Oakland property managers ready to take over for you. For more information, contact us online or call us at 510-398-8704.
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