When you are ready to invest money, you have a large variety of options that range from low-risk and passive to high-risk and active. Your primary interest may involve taking an active approach, so you bought a fixer-upper that you can improve for rental purposes. While you may look forward to working on the home, you may have a rough landscape to start with.
You may be familiar with working on projects inside the house, but you are not too experienced with landscape work. You will find it beneficial to get lot clearing service and tree removal services as soon as you assume ownership to gain knowledge and to begin working on follow-up projects. Here are steps you can take to start your landscape plans.
Clean Up the Landscape
The start of your journey to transform the landscape into something special is cleaning it up. While it might seem like a simple process to remove yard debris, you must consider some complexities. If you are not careful with how you go about moving around the yard, you could cause serious damage to the grass or plants that are currently thriving.
Another easy mistake to make is thinking that a tree root is a loose branch or twig. This is a common scenario if you have trees with shallow roots because they are so close to the surface. You want to avoid causing distress to a tree that you want to keep healthy.
Inspect Health of Plants
Once the entire landscape is cleared of dead plants, leaves and other debris, you can start inspecting the health of the plants that are still alive. Some plants may only be hanging onto life and the best outcome is to remove them and start over with new ones. In other cases, a struggling plant could be revitalized after a thorough cleanup and proper care.
Because healthy trees can have a noticeable impact on a home’s rental and selling value, you want to do everything that you can to keep the healthy trees thriving and the struggling trees alive.
Analyze Plant Locations
While you are looking at the entire landscape to determine the health of the lawn, plants and trees, you should also consider the location of all this greenery. Because you are turning the property into a rental, you want to maximize its appeal to people who are looking to rent a home.
It may be worth removing some plants or trees if they are in poor spots in the yard. For example, if a tree is blocking an incredible view or getting dangerously close to your home, you should remove those trees to maximize your landscape’s potential and reduce future risk. The last thing you want is tree branches falling onto the roof and causing noticeable damage.
Create a Landscape Plan
After handling the lot clearing, health inspections and removal of plants in bad locations, you can begin to create a thorough landscape plan. This is where you can choose from all kinds of low-maintenance trees that thrive in the Midwest to beautify the yard. A Japanese tree lilac can bring pretty flowers while an American hornbeam will give you incredible autumn colors.
Because you will not be spending much time on the property, you want to make it easy for your tenants to live in the home as this will help you keep them for a long time. Growing plants and trees that do not suffer from disease often and thrive in your home’s climate is a great move.
If you have questions or want to schedule an appointment, contact us at Smitty’s Tree Service. We can help you maximize the appeal of your rental home’s landscape.