Gardening in a Rental Home

Most people who are renting their homes don’t want to put a lot of money into the landscaping, as it usually means they must leave it behind when they move. Check out the following tips to show you that renting shouldn’t stop you from creating a beautiful yard and garden that’s unique to you.

Practice Container Gardening

It’s surprising how many plants grow well in containers and renting is the perfect scenario to take advantage of every container that strikes your fancy. There’s a wide variety of containers on the market including Terra cotta pots, plastic pots, Stoneware, raised wood boxes, and durable plastic pop-up beds that last for several years. Creative container choices include half wine barrels, old wheelbarrows, plastic tubs, horse troughs, and lined baskets. Kiddie pools make a quick vegetable bed, and many dwarf fruit trees grow beautifully in large pots. Currently, cacti and succulents are trending big time as folks have rediscovered how long-lived, slow growing, and naturally complimentary they are to modern homes. Containers are the perfect home for this group.

Utilize Portable Hardscaping

Hardscapes are the man-made features we add to accent yards and landscaping. Renters can take advantage of small hardscaping features which help accentuate personal garden style. Benches, small statuary, simple arches, and contained fire pits can all go along during a move. Short, portable fencing, steppingstones, and pavers can be used to define garden areas. Landscape water features such as container water gardens, and fountains have a calming effect on people, reduces noise, cools the air, and brings in wildlife.

Plant Annuals

Annual plants complete their entire lifecycle in one season or year. This makes them much less expensive than perennials, which come back year after year getting larger each time. In other words, annuals are not permanent. You will find six packs of flowers or vegetables are inexpensive at a local nursery, or for the most minimal investment you can start your own from seed.

Design a Patio Garden

If your outdoor space is a porch or patio, you have no worries because patio gardens can be gorgeous and productive, too. Utilize vertical garden planters along the building and plant vegetables, herbs, and annual flowers in them. Hang up houseplants (out of the direct sun) along the eaves. The vertical planters and the houseplants will create the ‘walls’ of the garden room. Add window boxes by using over-the-railing hangers and fill them with blooms. Place pots or boxes next to the patio furniture and plant perennials, shrubs, or even a small tree!

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