Designing a garden is an exciting undertaking and there’s nothing better than seeing your ideas come to life, but it’s important to make sure that your beautiful spaces are practical as well, especially where home security is concerned.
Of course, there are the more obvious ways in which you can make your property more secure, through the use of fencing, electric gates, CCTV cameras, driveway bollards, strategic placing of gravel, motion-activated lights and so on. But have you ever considered that you can use plants, shrubs and trees to excellent effect in this regard, as well?
One quick and easy way to make your property both attractive and safe is to think carefully about your choice of plants and how different ones could serve as defensive barriers, making it harder for would-be intruders to gain access to the site.
Spiky plants with thorns are a very obvious choice and you can train them to go over fences and railings, making it even more difficult for people to scale over the top and land in your garden.
There are so many different options that you’re sure to be able to find something that ties in with your hard landscaping design ideas, everything from hawthorn and bougainvillaea to prickly pear, holly, giant rhubarb, cacti and lots more. You’ll have a great time deciding which ones to bring in!
Hedging is another great option for bolstering your security and if you invest in fast-growing varieties, you’ll not only have a beautiful ornamental hedge framing your house but you’ll enjoy greater peace of mind, all at the same time.
Don’t just pay attention to the perimeter of the house, however. Windows also represent relatively easy entry points for burglars, so you can use clever planting ideas like window boxes or growing spiky plants beneath the window frame to give them something to think about.
With just a few little planting tweaks here and there, your home will be significantly more secure… as well as beautiful to boot!