Security safety Tip: Large shrubs and tall bushy trees give criminals dark, concealing places to hide without being seen by passersby, neighbors, guards and yourself. Keeping these pruned and trimmed or adding more motion lighting it is a deterrent.
So don’t plant a hedge or thick border of shrubs near the road. Or if you do, keep them pruned so your house remains visible. The same applies to large evergreens near the house foundation. Some plant cute little evergreens there. Not realizing that in a few years they will outgrow their space as they mature. This not only blocks the home from view, and provides a hiding place for burglars, but may ruin the house siding and foundation from excess moisture or roots.
Keep shrubs along drives, walks, doors, or gates pruned to no more than two feet high. This keeps burglars from easily being able to sneak up to your house.
Place small gravel next to the house. You won’t be planting there both for security and as with most homes this area is under the roof overhang so gets little rain. Small gravel will make a noise when walked on, which deters burglars. But don’t use large stones, as these aren’t as noisy, and can provide tools to break windows.
Shrub hedges, if pruned properly, can also provide barriers which burglars tend to avoid. Fences, of course, do the same. If gates are present, keep them locked, especially when away. This will prevent easy access and a quick escape.
Even though more burglaries are during the day than night, consider installing night lighting near and around your home. I particularly like and use lights that shine up through trees. That provide a wash of light along the side of the house, or that provide lighting near doors. There are many types and styles of night lighting which, in addition to making your landscape more enjoyable at night, can help deter intruders.
The ideal home for burglars is one they can get into and out of quickly, and easily, and not be seen. Keep these in mind in your landscaping and you’ll be making your home safer.