My IP is in Helena Valley, 30 min drive east of Perth city. I am in the process of deciding what to do with my backyard. Front already has grass. Backyard is about 110 square meters and rectangle in shape. There is a small paved and covered alfresco at the back. House plans attached. I did some research and looked at photos of other rental properties on realestate.com.au and have these ideas/thoughts: -Fake grass is expensive if you want something decent. Still requires maintenance. Hot to walk on in summer and can leave a burn if you fall and slide on it - so no good for families with kids. Won't be going with this option -Real grass will require maintenance and I can hire someone to take care of it (plus front lawn) say once in 2 or 3 weeks, depending on season. From what I found in my research, most tenants won't look after grass/plants. This expense is tax deductible and I will add it on top of rent. Will tenants be OK if someone mows the lawn once every few weeks or will they find it too much of a disturbance? -Paving the whole backyard will mean almost no maintenance but this is an expensive option and may not appeal to everyone -I may extend the alfresco area with additional roof cover so it goes to the corner of the house I am leaning towards paving a small strip next to the house (so I have a walkway between left and right side) as well as left and right side of the house. I will then put mulch onto the remaining area of my backyard and plant some native plants that require zero to little maintenance. What do you guys think? Any tips? Why did you choose your current landscaping for your IPs? What would you do in my situation?