One of the smartest investments people make these days is the money they spend fixing up their property. Money is still tight in just about every country, and people planning to go on holiday are looking for lodging within their budget. This means that property owners are renovating their barn and out buildings for rental purposes. Here are some ways to maintain your rental barn or your cottage garden.
You may be lucky enough to not worry about watering your cottage garden. I’ve heard that, in some places in the world, it rains EVERY DAY! But in our situation, we must have an irrigation plan. It’s very simple – we ran a drip line to the trees, and only water trees during the drought. Make sure you have timers on sprinklers and other watering devices so that your plants will not suffer if it doesn’t happen to rain. The irrigation of your landscaping can be automated so that you don’t have to be on site to water plants.
You may also need to hire lawn services from a company such as lawn master. They will come in and spread fertilizer and weed killer, and maintain your lawn, pruning trees and shrubs, as well.
Gardening takes time, and if you don’t have time to devote to it, you should keep the garden very simple. Most plant nurseries stock plants that grow well in your area, but you can’t always depend on that. They also stock beautiful plants that everybody wants, that die the first time it gets too hot or cold. Become familiar with your area and the types of plants that grow naturally. Then, look for hybrid versions at the nursery. The hybrid plants will be less weedy-looking, and will usually bloom longer than the natural versions. They also are often hardier, bred to strengthen the DNA that makes the native to your area in the first place.
By planting trees, shrubbery, and flowering plants native to your area, you reduce the amount of maintenance necessary. For example, we have been in a drought for 3 years, meaning we cannot water our garden. So, rather than flower beds, I have a few flower pot on the front porch, or stoop. One pot has ruella and guara in it. These are hybrid versions of wild plants that thrive in this part of the world. They are growing vigorously, loving the direct sun and heat. If I forget to water these plants, do you know what they do? They bloom! They are perennial, and will still be alive next year.
Also in pots on my front porch are some hibiscus. These are not, by any stretch of the imagination, native to my area, but they’re so darned beautiful that I buy new ones every year. They also thrive in direct sun and heat. They are in constant bloom, and I water them every, single, day. They are high maintenance, and will not survive the winter.
With knowledgeable planting, automated systems, and a good lawn service, you can easily maintain your rental barn or cottage garden.