Property Investment News | Landscaping on a Budget

Need to landscape your investment property on a budget?

Recycled paving – buying products such as pavers or bricks from Marketplace and Gumtree is a great way to save some money on materials, otherwise you can find pavers in good condition from people simply changing their existing pavers. Just 10m2 is enough for an outdoor setting. Ideally a shade sail over the paved area will make the space both more visually appealing, but also more functional.

Shade sail – a simple DIY job, it simply involves installing three timber posts and a shade sail kit can be purchased from most hardware stores and installed for around $500.

Turf is relatively inexpensive. Couch or Buffalo grass rolls can be purchased for about $6 per m2 from most landscaping yards. A small lawn area is almost a necessity for kids; it is certainly a garden element that families will be looking for when assessing a property to rent.


Garden plants to fill the garden beds should be selected to look great, hardy and of course low maintenance. The following achieve these requirements; Phormium tenax (Flax), Trachelospermum jasminoides (Star jasmine), Ophiopogon japonicus (Giant mondo grass), Buxus japonica (Box) and Cordyline varieties.

Screening plants are a great way of softening an outdoor space and making the garden look bigger, whilst screening for privacy. Choose hardy plants that don’t require too much pruning. Depending on where you live in Australia will determine the species but a good range will grow in most Australian conditions and require minimal care, pruning, grow to roughly fence height and look great all year round.


Mulch – Garden beds always look a lot tidier and more presentable with a layer of mulch on top. Pine bark, or Eucalyptus mulch can be readily obtained from local tree removal companies.

If you have any questions, or need clarification on any of the above, please contact Anna Marten, our Head of Property Management, on 9651 1666 or anna@guardianrealty.com.au.

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