Curb Appeal:Attracting superior tenants with landscapingFoxtail Golf Course, June 15, 2010<br />
Michael  A.  Cook,   Landscape  Architect<br />Before<br />
Michael  A.  Cook,   Landscape  Architect<br />After<br />
Michael  A.  Cook,   Landscape  Architect<br />After<br />
Michael  A.  Cook,   Landscape  Architect<br />After<br />
Michael  A.  Cook,   Landscape  Architect<br />After<br />
Michael  A.  Cook,   Landscape  Architect<br />After<br />
Curb Appeal:Attracting superior tenants with landscaping<br />Michael A. Cook Experience:<br /><ul><li>Over 10 years of ex...
Experience working with apartment complexes, HOAs, investors, etc.
Review of rental properties throughout Northern California to investigate what is 	working and what isn’t
Certain plants do not do well with traffic, no maintenance
List of plants provided on outline
Plants and irrigation need yearly maintenance, no matter how low-maintenance
Maintenance is very important
Very knowledgeable of new State and Local Water Efficient Landscape Ordinances
State of California (AB 1881)
Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Cloverdale, Geyserville
County of Sonoma Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance #5872 (1/15/10)
City of Santa Rosa Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance #14-30 (eff. 1/1/10)
City of Cotati Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance #14.32 (eff. 5/1/10)
Town of Windsor Article 9 (effective 1/1/10)
City of Healdsburg Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance #1091 (eff. 1/1/10)
Very experienced in renovations of existing residential projects</li></ul>Michael  A.  Cook,   Landscape  Architect<br />
Curb Appeal:Attracting superior tenants with landscaping<br />Desirable Landscape Features in Rentals and Apartments:<br /...
Year-round showing of color, foliage and flowers
Contrasting colors, range of colors provided, varying heights and spreads
Alternatives to lawn and high water use plants/features (except in backyards and/or 	select locations in front yard)
Vegetable plots
Herb gardens
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  1. 1. Curb Appeal:Attracting superior tenants with landscapingFoxtail Golf Course, June 15, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />Before<br />
  3. 3. Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />After<br />
  4. 4. Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />After<br />
  5. 5. Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />After<br />
  6. 6. Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />After<br />
  7. 7. Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />After<br />
  8. 8. Curb Appeal:Attracting superior tenants with landscaping<br />Michael A. Cook Experience:<br /><ul><li>Over 10 years of experience in working with clients on low-water/maintenance projects
  9. 9. Experience working with apartment complexes, HOAs, investors, etc.
  10. 10. Review of rental properties throughout Northern California to investigate what is working and what isn’t
  11. 11. Certain plants do not do well with traffic, no maintenance
  12. 12. List of plants provided on outline
  13. 13. Plants and irrigation need yearly maintenance, no matter how low-maintenance
  14. 14. Maintenance is very important
  15. 15. Very knowledgeable of new State and Local Water Efficient Landscape Ordinances
  16. 16. State of California (AB 1881)
  17. 17. Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Cloverdale, Geyserville
  18. 18. County of Sonoma Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance #5872 (1/15/10)
  19. 19. City of Santa Rosa Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance #14-30 (eff. 1/1/10)
  20. 20. City of Cotati Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance #14.32 (eff. 5/1/10)
  21. 21. Town of Windsor Article 9 (effective 1/1/10)
  22. 22. City of Healdsburg Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance #1091 (eff. 1/1/10)
  23. 23. Very experienced in renovations of existing residential projects</li></ul>Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />
  24. 24. Curb Appeal:Attracting superior tenants with landscaping<br />Desirable Landscape Features in Rentals and Apartments:<br /><ul><li>Attractive, innovative, water conserving and low maintenance
  25. 25. Year-round showing of color, foliage and flowers
  26. 26. Contrasting colors, range of colors provided, varying heights and spreads
  27. 27. Alternatives to lawn and high water use plants/features (except in backyards and/or select locations in front yard)
  28. 28. Vegetable plots
  29. 29. Herb gardens
  30. 30. Fruit trees
  31. 31. Sustainable installation methods with planting and irrigation
  32. 32. Water saving (especially if paid for by tenant) irrigation equipment
  33. 33. SMART irrigation controller, “you set it and leave it”
  34. 34. Use mulch!
  35. 35. Water feature in an appropriate location (high maintenance)
  36. 36. A horseshoe or bocce ball court for entertaining</li></ul>Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />
  37. 37. Curb Appeal:Attracting superior tenants with landscaping<br />If you want to upgrade your rental properties:<br /><ul><li>Talk to your property manager for recommendations on consultants, contractors
  38. 38. Hire a professional landscape architect or landscape contractor to help plan and budget for your improvements
  39. 39. Discuss with your consultant the available rebates available in each jurisdiction:
  40. 40. Commercial (apartments/HOAs): up to $4600
  41. 41. Residential (single family/duplexes): up to $2800
  42. 42. Remove as much turf as possible, without limiting activity area for families
  43. 43. Use drought tolerant, low maintenance and high traffic compatible plants
  44. 44. Use large swaths of the same/similar plants if on busy road/corner
  45. 45. Take pictures before and after, market the after pictures
  46. 46. Explain benefits of new landscaping to your potential tenants: sustainable, low water use, attractive, etc.</li></ul>Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />
  47. 47. Curb Appeal:Attracting superior tenants with landscaping<br />Plant properties and characteristics:<br /><ul><li>Appropriate for our region, Sunset zones 14 & 15
  48. 48. Drought tolerant
  49. 49. Low maintenance
  50. 50. “tenant – resistant”/ deer-resistant (HARDY)
  51. 51. Sun, part-shade, full shade
  52. 52. Foliage, flowers
  53. 53. Deciduous vs. Evergreen
  54. 54. Have one to two specimen plants
  55. 55. Create a composition out of the plants that you have chosen
  56. 56. Trees, shrubs and groundcovers</li></ul>Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />
  57. 57. Curb Appeal:Attracting superior tenants with landscaping<br />Trees:<br />Acer palmatum<br />Acer palmatum<br />Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />Acer macrophylla<br />Acer rubrum<br />Apple Tree<br />Arbutus ‘Marina’<br />
  58. 58. Curb Appeal:Attracting superior tenants with landscaping<br />Trees:<br />Cotinus coggyria<br />Lagerstroemia spp.<br />Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />Cercis occidentalis<br />Laurus nobilis<br />Malus spp.<br />Olea europaea<br />
  59. 59. Curb Appeal:Attracting superior tenants with landscaping<br />Trees:<br />Quercus agrifolia<br />Quercus ilex.<br />Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />Pistachia chinensis<br />Quercus lobata<br />Pyrus calleryana<br />Olea europaea<br />
  60. 60. Curb Appeal:Attracting superior tenants with landscaping<br />Shrubs:<br />Berberis thunbergii<br />Ceanothus ‘Frosty Blue’<br />Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />Abelia grandiflora<br />Coleonema pulchrum<br />Cordyline ‘Red Sensation’<br />Cistus purpurea<br />
  61. 61. Curb Appeal:Attracting superior tenants with landscaping<br />Shrubs:<br />Lavendula spp.<br />Loropetalum spp.<br />Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />Escallonia spp.<br />Salvia leucantha<br />Sollya heterophylla<br />Phormium tenax<br />
  62. 62. Curb Appeal:Attracting superior tenants with landscaping<br />Grasses:<br />Calamograstis acutifolia<br />Carex spp.<br />Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />Acorus spp.<br />Festuca maurei<br />Muhlenbergia lindheimerii<br />Chondropetalum<br />
  63. 63. Curb Appeal:Attracting superior tenants with landscaping<br />Groundcovers:<br />Euonymus ‘Emerald Gaeity’<br />Lantana montevidensis<br />Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />Achillea spp.<br />Myoporum parvifolium<br />Stachys byzantina<br />Nepeta faassennii<br />
  64. 64. Curb Appeal:Attracting superior tenants with landscaping<br />Vines<br />Clematis spp.<br />Ficus pumila<br />Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />Bougainvillea spp.<br />Hardenbergia spp.<br />Rosa ‘Cecil Brunner’<br />Parthenocissus tricuspidata<br />Wisteria floribunda<br />
  65. 65. Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />After<br />
  66. 66. Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />After<br />
  67. 67. Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />Before<br />
  68. 68. Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />After<br />
  69. 69. Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />After<br />
  70. 70. Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />After<br />
  71. 71. Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />After<br />
  72. 72. Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />Before<br />
  73. 73. Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect<br />After<br />
  74. 74. QUESTIONS?Curb Appeal:Attracting superior tenants with landscapingFoxtail Golf Course, June 15, 2010Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architectwww.mac-la.net707-545-5235<br />

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