right, landscaping can do much more than attract
compliments and boost your property value. It can help
you repel intruders, both human and natural.
experts whoíve earned high marks from Angieís List
members say overgrown bushes and shrubs are like welcome
mats to burglars. Keep plants and trees trimmed. Place
thorny but attractive bougainvillea or barberry bushes
under windows, sending would-be thieves a sharp message
to go elsewhere.
ideas for enlisting your landscaping as part of your
home security system:
give thieves the idea that nobodyís paying attention.
Mow your grass and maintain plantings and trees. If youíre
going to be away awhile, hire a reputable lawn service.
your home and property with security lighting. Options
include motion-sensor lights, solar pathway lighting,
uplighting on the house and downlighting in trees. Newer
lighting controls are relatively easy to use and can
turn systems on and off when you want. LEDs can be a
long-lasting, high-value lighting option.
it may not be obvious, landscaping could be key to
preventing a more natural intruder: rainwater. Take a
look at how your lawn or flower beds slope. If they
slant toward your home, guess where water flows?
to address the problem include:
mulching materials about six inches from siding, to
prevent mulch from wicking moisture to the siding and
causing rot. Itís OK if mulch touches brick or block.
rain pouring out of overflowing gutters from displacing
soil and allowing water to pool. Cover the area with
river stones or other decorative rock.
your lawn. Methods include creating a "dry
creek," in which a simple trench, lined with river
rock or cobblestones, channels water away from the
house. Another option is a French drain, in which water
flows into a gravel-lined trench, through a pipe and
away from the house.
experts say you can repel mosquitoes and other pesky
insects by planting or potting specific plants, flowers
and herbs, including citronella, marigolds, basil and
you hire a landscaper for some of the more complicated
projects, get estimates from several companies with good
reputations on a trusted online review site. Confirm
appropriate licensing, insurance and bonding. Contact
references and get all pertinent details in writing.