We all worry about the security of our property, our home, and especially our family. Your home is your castle. It's where you store your valuables, have the privacy to be yourself, and live with your loved ones. Making your home as safe and secure as possible is always a priority. There's the traditional home security features, like alarms and cameras, but why stop there when you can add extra layers of security in less obvious ways?
Something else most homeowners care about is their landscape. Landscaping is usually thought of as strictly a visual element to increase curb appeal, but it can also serve practical roles, including security. That's right, you can improve your home security by strategically landscaping your yard!
Today we're going to share some practical ideas and tips on how to landscape your property for better home security! And no, it doesn't involve ugly security fences or blinding floodlights. Don't decrease curb appeal to increase security! If anything, these tips will actually make your landscape even more beautiful while discreetly adding to the security of your home.
Landscaping for home security has multiple benefits. You're improving your home security, and you're improving your property's landscaping which in turn can increase property value. Here's a video of Terry McNair sharing some tips about landscaping for home security. Watch it and then we'll go into further detail below.
Improve Security with Plants
First, we'll discuss how plants can help you secure your home. There are several ways to use plants in your landscape to improve home security. You can add certain plants to make areas difficult to access and create barriers. How you maintain your plants can also affect your home security.
Trim to Eliminate Hiding Spots
Having overgrown bushes around your property creates natural hiding spots. If they are right up next to the house, it can provide cover for potential thieves to break in without the risk of being seen. They can also hide in bushes to ambush you when you're coming home at night or leaving in the morning.
Plant Bushes with Thorns
Placing bushes with thorns strategically around your property is a great way to improve home security. These plants create a natural form of barbed wire, but are much more visually appealing than actual barbed wire. If you want to plant bushes near windows or other potential access points, using thorn bushes is the way to go. Even bushes with thorns should still be kept well pruned so they can't be hiding spots as we discussed above.
Install Landscape Lighting
Low voltage landscape lighting is an elegant and effective outdoor lighting option for your property. Unlike floodlights, landscape lighting systems look great while also improving home security.
Landscape lighting will provide illumination around your house so that you don't have to come home in the dark. It also eliminates the cover of darkness that prowlers might use to hide themselves. Landscape lighting systems are low-voltage lights, so they won't run your electric bill up. You can also set the time when your landscape lights automatically turn on and off.
Many landscape lighting systems offer additional controls and functionalities. Systems with color control options allow you customize the color of your landscape lighting. Smart controllers with wireless connectivity allow you to control your landscape lights with an app on your smartphone. That means you can manage your lighting system anytime and from anywhere in the world; as long as you have an internet connection!
Add Rocks or Gravel to Pathways
Using rocks or gravel to create pathways will increase the noise caused by someone walking on the path. You can use small egg rock stones with large flagstones to create a stepping stone style pathway. Place edging along the sides of the path to keep all the rocks in the path area.
When someone walks down the path, they will likely kick and crunch rocks, creating noise. This is an easy, inconspicuous way of improving your home security.
Keep Your Property Maintained
Aside from eliminating hiding places by trimming bushes, keeping your property maintained overall is important to keeping your home secure. Having a well maintained yard shows that the property is occupied and cared for. If your house looks like it isn't occupied for several months out of the year, criminals may think they can get away with breaking in during that time.
If you live next to a public area, such as a park or a public sidewalk, keeping your yard well maintained can also help clearly define your property lines. This will help prevent people from unknowingly crossing onto your property by accident. It also reduces a trespasser's ability to claim they didn't realize they were on private property.
We know that home security is important to everyone. These tips are a few ideas to help you improve the security of your property through landscaping!
If you live in Middle Georgia around Macon or Warner Robins; let us know if we can help you plan and/or install a landscape that focuses on the security of your property and looks beautiful doing it! You can get a free consultation and estimate for your landscape installation project at the link below.
By: William Adams
In 09/2018 William started at Real Turf working in the field having never done manual labor before. He wasn't expected to last the first day. Terry recognized ways William could benefit the company more, and after 5 months of working full-time on lawn service and enhancement crews, William was given a position doing digital marketing, IT, & quality control work.