Done right, landscaping can do much more than attract compliments and boost your property value. It can help you repel intruders, both human and natural.
Landscaping experts who’ve earned high marks from Angie’s 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.
Other ideas for enlisting your landscaping as part of your home security system:
Ways to address the problem include:
Before 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.