Improving your Home's Security through Strategic Landscaping

Learn How to Place Bushes, Trees and Ivy Strategically to Improve the your Home Security

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Improving the safety of your home with carefully placed bushes, trees and ivy is usually the work of an experienced landscape designer, but with this helpful article and some handy DIY skills you'll be able to up your security.

Landscaping can turn any sun-dried lawn in to a garden fit for a queen. Little do most people know that landscaping can be more than just beauty, a landscaping job can also improve the security of your home. Using flowers, bushes, and trees to enhance the security of someone’s residents has been dated back to the medieval ages. Nobles would build garden mazes in court yards not only to create something beautiful to symbolize their status, but in an event where someone or a gang of people tried to invade them, the garden mazes would help slow down or help spot the would-be invaders. Though most people today do not have castle or noble estates, anyone can use the same tactics of utilizing plants to protect their homes. Whether you own a home or live on the first floor of an apartment building, bushes create an extra barrier between your lawn and our window.

Strategically placing bushes in front of or under your windows will either trap, deter, or allow you enough time to get your family to safe and call the police. Locust bushes have one to two-inch thorns that cause skin irritation and swelling that can be easily identified. We use Rhododendrons and evergreen bushes in our front lawn. These bushes do not have thorns, but grow big and strong making it very hard to get through, while also having beautiful purple flowers blooming in the spring attracting butterfly’s and hummingbirds. Trees provide shade and memorable projects like building a tree house, but if you grow a tree in the right spots they are very effective at protecting your privacy. When we think of trees we think of oak, pine, and maple trees; but we don’t need to use these trees to enhance out privacy. Our family home has an ornamental Japanese maple tree that grows its limbs out, almost like a Bansi tree.

This single tree covers up four windows, provides great shades, and when you plant a garden around the base makes for a wonderful conversation starter. Growing fruit trees like apples and pears are also good for the back yard. These trees in the first couple of years grow only a couple of feet, but provide great foliage and you can have your our home grown fruit. Flowers are also great ways to help deter would be trespasser. Growing non-poisonous ivy on fences helps prevent grip and traction when climbing. To have your ivy look nicer there are roses that grow like vines and bloom in any color you would like. Landscaping can be very beautiful, but also very functional at being an extra security measure.

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