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How to: Keep garden watered while you’re away

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

At this time of year, many tenants will be planning to head away on holiday.

In this article thanks to the RLA’s partnership with Tradepoint, we take a look at how to keep a garden watered if it is left unattended for a few weeks.

Don’t forget, RLA members are entitled to a free Tradepoint discount card, entitling them to discounts on a range of products at B & Q.

What you can do to keep a garden watered-even if tenants are away

Over grown grass and a garden that is in general looking unkempt could highlight that either a tenant is away from the property or that it is empty. This could in turn create a security risk.

Of course-you may choose to hire a gardener-but there are several ways that a garden can be kept watered even if a tenant is not there. You could:

  • Invest in an automated sprinkler system, with a programmable timer to keep the grass watered. Be sure to make use of your RLA Tradepoint discount card if you need to purchase one of these.
  • It is just as important to make sure plants are kept watered as well. One cheap way to do this is to upcycle and old wine bottle. After rinsing out, carefully drill two small holes in the screw cap top. Take the lid off, and fill the wine bottle with water from the tap. Then put the lid on, and turn the whole bottle so it is upside down. Place this in the plant pot, and this can keep your plants watered for around two weeks.
  • Another method is to set up a drip system with an electronic timer. To learn more about this, see the video below.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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