Green Thumb Tenant Tips

Gardening is a great way to add a bit of personality to a property and really make a house feel like a home.

Being a tenant means that you have certain responsibilities in the yard, however adding a personal touch doesn’t have to be a chore, nor does it have to be extravagant. When you’re renting a property consider what kind of garden you want to create.

Check your Tenant Handbook about what you can do without Landlord permission and talk to your Property Manager about things that might be outside of the normal scope.

Pots and planters are great for being able to take your garden with you when you move. Ensure you put things in place to negate any potential water rings or soil staining though as these could mean costly cleaning upon vacating the property. Pots and planters come in a variety of aesthetics and materials to suit whatever kind of garden space you’re working with.

Artificial turf adds the “green” of a backyard without the maintenance. Turn harsh cold concrete into a relaxing and inviting haven or outdoor entertaining area that feels like an oasis in your own backyard. AstroTurf also has the added benefit of being removable so you can take it with you if you move to a new home.

Non-permanent pavers can add a modern twist to a boring dirt patch or flat surface that you want to cover up. These are often inexpensive and may make certain areas of your garden more attractive, practical and inviting.

Grow your garden upwards if you’re tight on space but still want the relaxing feel of greenery. A vertical garden can add privacy to your outdoor areas and freestanding trellises will allow you to grow climbing plants that can screen out your neighbours. Hanging pots are another option that can work well too.

If you’re unsure about anything, or if you’re wanting to pull down or dig up garden areas speak with your property manager to seek approval so that you can enjoy your garden area without the risk of having to undo all of your hard work.

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