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Care & Maintenance Tips for your Costa del Sol Garden

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Following heavy rains in May, and the stunning June sunshine, everything is blooming on the Costa del Sol just in time for the arrival of the tourists.

For the hordes of holiday makers, the al fresco lifestyle on the Costa del Sol is one of the big draws of holidaying here. This means your outside space is a huge asset if you’re renting out your property as a holiday rental. The most popular category of accommodation we provide is villas with pools and a large and pretty garden is highly sought after. It’s particularly popular to have fruit trees where people can go and pick oranges, lemons and limes off their own tree, as it feels like they are really living the Mediterranean dream.

However, you need to make sure that those gardens and pools are cared for, as your guests don’t want to be watering and weeding, they just want everything to look its best. We have a team of trusted property maintenance experts, gardeners and pool cleaners who can take care of everything for you and your guests.

We have also been providing information to help you to best manage your pool and garden over the years via this blog, so we wanted to share some tips and tricks to help you create a stunning garden, and show you where some of our best resources are kept.

Making the most of your Spanish garden – The trick with keeping a beautiful, healthy garden, even when you’re not there, is to plan properly, plant well and make sure you have a good irrigation system in place. We’d advise that you choose local plant species which are drought tolerant so you don’t have to water too often. Also think about what are the best options if you need a low maintenance garden, for example using white stones rather than grass for a modern look which keeps away weeds and doesn’t need looking after. We have some more great tips for creating and maintaining a Spanish garden here.

Caring for fruit trees – As I mentioned before, fruit trees are a wonderful asset for any garden on the Costa del Sol, as they provide shade, look and smell great and of course supply you and your guests with delicious, ripe fruit. Here are our tips for orange trees; they need to be planted in spring, in a sunny spot with good drainage and it should be watered at least once a week particularly in the heat of the summer. Find out more about looking after orange trees

Caring for pools – You have three main things to focus on with your pool. The first is to make sure they are safe and legal and you’re complying with any local legislation that you need to follow. Secondly, you need to keep them clean and inviting for your guests by using the right dosing of chemicals and having someone to clean the pool once a week to make sure everything is OK. Finally, you need to have a strategy for looking after the pool over the winter, so that it is in the best shape for when the summer rolls around again. Read more about caring for pools in Spain

Remember we’re here to help you to care for your Costa del Sol property inside and out by providing top quality property management and property maintenance services. We are rental experts as well, so we can help you to get more rental bookings and generate a great income off that property too. Please speak to us if you need property management or rental management advice for your Costa del Sol property.

Looking After Your Orange Tree in Spain

Many people who own or rent a property in Spain are lucky enough to have an orange tree in their garden; however, it is often difficult to know how to care for it, resulting in the tree dying and the dreams of making homemade orange juice for breakfast fading.

Here is a simple guide of how to care for your orange tree:

  • Plant the orange tree in spring, before the hot summer arrives. This will allow the roots to grow and become strong enough to deal with the heat.
  • The tree must be kept in a sunny area, avoid planting near anything which may cause shade.
  • Make sure that the tree is planted in an area which has good drainage and give the tree two inches of water after planting.
  • Make sure that you water the tree at least once a week, particularly in the high summer season.
  • Wait until the fruit is completely orange with no green colour before harvesting them.

For those of you who may not know, here are some interesting facts about orange trees:

  • If looked after properly an orange tree can grow up to fifty feet high and live for over 100 years.
  • Before oranges form on the tree it usually blossoms little white flowers
  • Oranges start off yellow in colour before they ripen and turn orange
  • Some orange trees can take up to 18 months to blossom

For more information on garden maintenance on the Costa del Sol, please visit our website or contact us on telephone: (+34) 952 83 95 95 or email info@homecareontheweb.com

 

Grow your own Spanish herb garden

GardeningThe Spanish climate is perfect for growing many herbs, many of which are drought and frost resistant so you can grow them all year round. They are suitable for any type of property such as apartments, villas, or townhouses, and can be grown in a variety of containers as well as in the garden. Herbs are usually known to be much easier to maintain and grow than fruit or vegetables and its easy to keep them tidy and contained. Here is a list of some great herbs you can grow easily in Spain.

Continue reading “Grow your own Spanish herb garden”

Making the most of your Spanish garden

GardeningIf you are lucky enough to have a garden with your property in Spain, you will know how much care it needs especially during those summer months. Beautiful plants and flowers are an asset to anyone’s property but sometimes tricky to maintain, especially if you are not there all of the time. Even window and pot plants add a nice extra touch to your property but will dry out very quickly with the hot Spanish weather.

A well maintained garden or pot plants will also give you an advantage when showing potential tenants round. However, if you are not at your property all of the time, it can be hard to keep everything looking trim and watered and unless you have a neighbour who can pop in when your away. If your property is being rented out, there are services such as HomeCareOnTheWeb who can offer a reliable garden maintenance service so you know your plants and flowers are being well looked after by a professional. If a watering system is set up correctly, and the plants are prepared properly, this is a cost effective way of maintaining your Spanish garden.

In some urbanizations in Spain, garden maintenance is included in the community fees, so it may be worth checking out exactly what is included if you pay the fees. Some will mow the grass and cut the bushes etc back for you so no need to do it yourself, or hire anyone.

Here are a few tips for a more resistant, gorgeous garden.

  • Irrigation systems – Takes your mind off watering the flower beds, only needs to be checked its working correctly every few weeks.
  • Choose plants and trees that are drought tolerant – Usually this type of plants and trees are more durable anyway. Palm and cypress trees are good, as is the olive tree. Carnations are pretty, and durable, and are also Spain’s national flower. Bougainvillea also provide stunning colours of red pink gold and orange when in bloom, and use little water once established.
  • Chip wood or white stone instead of a lawn can look good as well as saving the risk of it being damaged or dried. Alternatively having the sprinkler on for 1 hour each evening will keep the grass fresh and green.
  • Keep your pot plants in a place where they have shade throughout the day as well as sun, and make sure the soil is prepared thoroughly to retain more water and nutrients.
  • Get advice from your local garden centre or nursery about what plants and flowers grow well in your area, and the best ways to maintain them. Different plants are better for different areas in Spain.

The growing season in southern Spain lasts all year, so it’s definitely worth  having your trees, plants and flowers looked after by a professional especially if your property is used for holiday rentals. You can expect to make more money from a property with an appealing garden.

HomeCareOnTheWeb can look after all your gardening needs with their reliable, professional team. Your garden is an investment, and just knowing you have someone to check and water everything while you are away will give you piece of mind. Whether you need just a check-up or a complete overhaul, HomeCareOnTheWeb can provide the reliable workmen you need.

For more information about gardening in Spain click here

For more information on apartment gardening and terrace plants click here

Preparing your property for summer rentals

PreparingWith the summer round the corner, getting your property ready can seem a stressful, especially if it’s been empty all winter and you want to prepare it for rental. Caring for your property in Spain, can seem more of a challenge if you don’t speak much of the language, or you don’t know any reliable workmen to do the job.

Renting out property in Spain is a great way of earning an extra income, and getting it ready for your tenants is essential for a successful rental, but it can be a task if you’re not in the country or you don’t have the time.

Checklist of things to remember:

Check for damp – Unfortunately many properties in Spain suffers from damp, especially if the property has been empty for a month or more. Putting the heaters on, opening windows and investing in a dehumidifier will definitely help get it ready for tenants. Continue reading “Preparing your property for summer rentals”

Tips for terrace gardening in Spain

Watering plant potsIf you own an apartment with a terrace, it can be hard to know what to do to make it a useful and beautiful outdoor space.

To help you make the most of this space for yourself or for rental guests, authors and gardeners Clodagh and Dick Handscombe have released a new book entitled Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style. It’s packed full of practical tips of what to do and what to consider, looking at plants, accessories and furniture.

They have included 12 useful tips taken from the book on the website InMalaga Today, which is very interesting reading for those of you looking to create a beautiful terrace. Click here to read the article.

If you would like someone to take the stress out of owning a home Spain, we offer comprehensive Costa del Sol Property Management Services and care for your home as if it was our own. Our services include property maintenance and gardening and we can even supply you with indoor or outdoor furniture to make your property beautiful and desireable both as a rental property and a holiday home for you. If you’d like to find out more, please visit our website www.homecareontheweb.com or email info@homecareontheweb.com

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