Creating the Ultimate Above Ground Garden for Your Rental

Posted by Glenn Bancroft


If you want to spruce up the exterior of a property, a lush garden is always a good idea. Of course, not everyone has an accommodating yard to work with. For Tucson rental properties without a lot of soil space, above-ground (AKA raised-bed) gardens can be exactly what’s needed to give the home a little more depth and personality. Here are some tips for designing the ultimate space.

Plan the Beds 

Above-ground gardens give you the chance to work with any kind of soil you want. The higher quality, the more room for error you have. That being said, you will need to put some effort into both planning and upkeep.

  • Even if it’s along the side of the driveway, above-ground gardens need a little shelter from the wind and a lot of sunlight to thrive.
  • Most beds are about 12 – 20” off the ground and between 4 – 5’ feet wide, perfect for anyone who wants to protect their back from stooping. If you plan for more than one bed, aim to space them about 2’ apart.
  • The beds themselves need to be constructed from materials that will stand up to water and rot. This can include landscaping timbers, retaining wall blocks, or concrete blocks.
  • When it comes to depth, it will all depend on the root systems of you’re trying to grow. The higher you make it (closer to 20” than 12”), the more options you’ll have.

Plant the Beds at Your Tucson Rental Home

A Tucson rental home is likely to have some fairly sandy soil surrounding it, which is good for succulents but not necessarily good for veggies or water-loving flowers.

Depending on what you want to grow, you can plant native varieties that have already adapted to the (sometimes harsh) climate of the Southwest or you can branch out to veggies like snap beans, cucumbers, and summer squash. If you’re going the latter route, you should ideally choose two parts topsoil and one part compost for best results.

Experts recommend that you arrange plants by height, so they’re easy to tend to. The tallest ones should be in the middle, the medium-sized ones on either side of the tall ones, and the shortest ones towards the edges.

Finally, think about how the hues of the garden will mesh with the rest of the space. Planting big blocks of color in the garden, such as bright reds, yellows, and oranges, will go perfectly with all those spectacular sunsets.

Improving Tucson Rental Properties 

Well-designed gardens can offer everything from pleasant scents to fresh-grown veggies. If you’re looking for a Tucson rental home where you can show off your creativity, a reputable Tucson property manager can help you find the perfect property for rent. As one of the oldest property management companies in the city, Bancroft & Associates has a number of options that can serve as the perfect backdrop for your ultimate above-ground garden.

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Updated: 14th August, 2019 8:02 AM.