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What Is Xeriscaping? Should You Consider It For Your Rental Property?

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What Is Xeriscaping? Should You Consider It For Your Rental Property?


If you own rental properties in Portland Oregon, you may be considering Xeriscaping for your properties because, with more than 90% of Oregon in a drought, it makes sense to consider landscaping that requires little water.

If you’re still ‘on the fence’ about Xeriscaping, this article will offer you some insight into why you should consider it, how much it costs, and the long-term ROI that comes from Xeriscaping your property.

Why Xeriscaping?

To begin, it’s important to note that Xeriscaping isn’t a new landscaping technique since it’s been around for more than 40 years, and has been very successful on the West Coast.

One of the main concepts behind Xeriscaping is reintroducing native plants back into the landscape.

Yes, Xeriscaping does means that in most cases a lawn may be all but eliminated from the landscape but, since some tenants don’t care for lawn maintenance anyway, it makes sense from a cost-savings standpoint to install a landscape that will be easy for your tenants to maintain.

Affordable To Maintain

Besides looking great all year long, Xeriscaping is also very affordable to maintain and, in most cases, only requires annual plant maintenance, compared to traditional rental property landscapes which require maintenance every month.

Some people may think that Xeriscaping only means boring dessert plants but the reality is that a wide variety of plants can be used including succulents, jacarandas, century plants, and saguaros, all leafy green plants that are beautiful and will give your rental property good curb appeal.

How much does it cost to xeriscape a yard?

Costs can vary significantly depending on the size of your yard or garden, where you live, the plants you choose, the company you work with, and how much alteration is necessary to complete a xeriscape transition. 

Generally, any major landscaping project will cost several thousand dollars to complete, including xeriscaping. Of course, depending on your specific project, it may cost significantly more or significantly less; it comes down to how much work you need to put into your lawn to complete a xeriscape. 


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