Home Security Starts in the Landscape
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Low Maximum Height Plants
Homeowners should maintain the visibility of windows and access spots hidden in and around the exterior of your home. Consider planting low maximum-height plant materials in and around the foundation of your home to maintain an attractive curb appeal without planting overgrown shrubs that make for unwanted hiding spots. By controlling the plant size you can still achieve a good balance between landscape and security, allowing little room for a burglar to screen themselves behind over-sized plantings. To add another layer of deterrence, by using what's called armored plants (those with barbs or thorns such as Holly's (Ilex cornuta rotunda), under a home's windows or at the base of a privacy fence, another layer of deterrence is created, while enhancing the home's landscape.
Perimeter Boundary and Fencing
One important way to maximize security on your property is to create a perimeter boundary which could be fencing, a type of masonry wall or a dense evergreen shrub hedge, sometimes a combination of two can be very attractive and very affective at deterring would be thieves, especially when used adjacent to a barbed plant material. Having a complete boundary the homeowner can now have controlled access to the property much more effectively and eliminate unwanted persons wandering on to your property. Creating this boundary can be especially useful if the property is in a high pedestrian or vehicular traffic area of a city or large suburban neighborhood and as an added benefit, can significantly reduce unwanted street noise as well.