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Landscaping Best Practices for Your Vacation Rental Property

The right landscaping tips can make your vacation rental property more enticing to potential renters. You already know that a spotless home is a must, but for many property managers and owners, landscaping is an afterthought.

Your lawn should be a part of the luring package that keeps guests happy, featured in the online visuals prospective guests view when browsing listings. Your landscape should make them feel right at home before they even arrive.

Here are some simple best practices to make your property stand out with a beautiful and well maintained yard.

Grass is greener

Location is everything when it comes to your lawn. Florida's lawn care season is year round, whereas a northern or mid atlantic region like Virginia tends to peak in April. So, if your rental property is in a warmer climate, you’ll want to make sure the lawn is always healthy and lush-looking. If your vacation rental property is not located in a warmer climate, you’ll want to make sure that you green it up with proper fertilization and correct mowing habits during the growth season for your grass type. Follow these steps:

  1. Do a soil test and head to your local garden center with the results. They will give you the proper fertilizer for your specific lawn by seeing what nutrients are lacking based on the soil test results.
  2. If you mow your own lawn, you need to leave it at a healthy height. No scalping. Figure out what grass type your lawn is. A general rule is to cut no more than one third of the grass blades height off on each mowing.
  3. Give up on grass spots that just will not grow. Instead of endless efforts to make grass grow in unsuitable areas (ex. super shady spots), simply create a flowerbed there with shade-tolerant plants.

Low maintenance plants

It might be difficult depending on how many properties you manage, but do your best to use low maintenance plants that make it easier on you and keep renters pleased. Using plants native to your region typically require less care and are more resistant to disease in their natural environment.


Pests and uninvited critters on your lawn can do more damage than you think. Make sure to regularly scan the lawn for any holes or little mounds of dirt and soil. This could mean that you have not-so-friendly wildlife residing in your lawn and causing damage.

There are chemical options to battle pests such as fire ants. You can also choose a more eco-conscious method. Organic solutions usually require a little bit more time. Be sure to monitor and treat your entire lawn or some pests will simply relocate to another part of your yard.

Indoor landscaping

Don’t forget to show off your interior landscape to potential guests. Plants aren’t made only for the outdoors and matching up plants on the inside and outside is a good way to grab attention in your photos. Not to mention, this helps to increase the air quality indoors and can make guests feel more relaxed.

Some types of succulents are a terrific choice for indoors and outdoors. Similar to cacti and aloe vera types, succulents thrive in dry areas and need little water. They’re also a very popular ornamental plant for its cool pastel tones and geometric leaf shapes.

When in doubt, hire a pro

If you simply do not have the time or resources available for lawn and landscaping maintenance, consider hiring someone to help. If you manage multiple properties, this can be a great way to support and help out a local business. Making it one less thing for you to worry about when managing everything that goes into vacation rental property upkeep.

So just remember, a great impression on tenants and future renters is the first impression–your rental property’s curb appeal.

Katie Kuchta is a gardening guru, outdoor living expert, and self-proclaimed foodie. She can often be found cooking in the kitchen or on the hunt for the best tacos, follow her on Instagram @atxtacoqueen.

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