Oct 28, 2015

Airbnb & Your Landscape: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Airbnb can be a great way to get extra income; if you are not using your house, want to supplement your income or want a vacation home while getting help with the mortgage. So, with Airbnb's increasing popularity, this got us thinking about how to streamline landscape maintenance for these customers. Drum roll please..... Below are 5 things you need to know for LESS Maintenance on your Airbnb rentals!

Airbnb & Your Landscape: 5 things You Need to know for LESS maintenance!

1. Protect your lawn from canine guests

Make sure you create a designated dog area for guests who have pets. Dog urine has a high concentration of nitrogen, which will burn a lawn within 1-2 weeks. Fixing these spots is time consuming. You must rake out the dead, seed and mulch. Regrowth typically takes 2 weeks, which makes for a long recovery process.

2. Choose Native Plants.

Choose native plants and remove non-natives. Choosing natives ensures you won’t need to prune as much or water as frequently. Native foliage will not need the same care as non-native plants. If natives and non-natives were like dates, natives would be a beer and movie, while non-natives are a fancy restaurant and stuffy attitude date.

Choose the right plant for the space. As a landscaping company, we often come across customers who struggle to keep their plants at a particular size. Often, this is due to choosing the “right plant, wrong place.” Choosing a plant that naturally fits your space will prevent constant pruning and upkeep. Contacting a landscape professional for plant recommendations is a great starting point. Also, you can consult Portland Nursery, they have a comprehensive Native Plant list. With so many to chose from there's no reason not to plant native.

3. Properly installed and functioning irrigation

To avoid having to hand water or using a labyrinth of timed faucets and hoses, have an irrigation system installed. This will prevent time-consuming lawn watering procedures. It is highly recommend you have your system and clock professionally installed. A do-it-yourself irrigation system will likely be more trouble than it’s worth.

4. Install Barkdust (also know as bark mulch)

Barkdust is a beautiful touch to any landscape; however, did you know it is an excellent weed suppressant! This can save you a lot of time you would otherwise spend on pulling weeds. Our eco-friendly landscape customers often choose this service because bark dust reduces (and can eliminate) the need for using weed spray.

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Erica Mooney

Erica is an avid lover of the outdoors, and transformed that love into a partnership running Valley West with Ryan 2012.

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