Gardening for tenants


My duplex has a large yard, and thus attracts tenants who are fans of the great outdoors. I have a lot of space for flower gardens, hanging pots, and a large vegetable garden. I’ve planted a lot of perennials around the house, and in the front yard, but reserved ample space for my tenants to get their hands dirty. Why? While this may result in a lot of untended plants (which it has, in years past), allowing tenants to garden helps to foster a sense of “attachment” to the property. They feel like they’re a part of the place, rather than just staying there for a while and writing a check to me every month.

My current tenants are planting a vegetable garden this year (I’ve given them space in the garden that I normally plant every year), and are putting out lawn furniture, a bird bath, and a hammock — which means that they’re making themselves comfortable, and (presumably) at least staying on until the end of the growing season.

I, however, now have a responsibility to rent a tiller within the next couple of weeks so that they can get their crops planted at a reasonable time and enjoy a good harvest (nothing’s more disappointing than having the frost come before your vegetables have ripened.).

I’ve also planted perennial food crops, for the harvesting enjoyment of future tenants, after I move out — strawberries, raspberries, asparagus, chives, and rhubarb. What could sound more charming on a rental ad than “big garden, raspberry patch”?


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  1. How do you advertise for tenants? Do you charge them extra for water? Has this increased the value of your property? Do you take advantage of the Williamson Act in California?

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