Your home is likely one of your most prized possessions, a place where you should feel safe and secure. But if you’ve been burglarized or had your home damaged as a result of extreme weather conditions, you know how difficult it can be to return to that feeling of peace. Fortunately, there are preventative steps you can take to make sure your house avoids unwanted damage. Here are a few tips for how to landscape to protect your home.
Keep Shrubs Manicured
Properly maintained shrubs may seem like a purely superficial choice, but in reality, they serve a functional purpose as well. Burglars love to hide behind shrubs and bushes. When you keep yours trimmed below the windows, you’ll remove a popular hiding spot for intruders. Short shrubs can also make any suspicious activity more obvious to neighbors, so your home has a few more eyes on it, while you are away.
Tend Your Garden
Many homeowners enjoy gardening, and if you’re one of them, you’ll appreciate the fact that you can protect your home while also preparing your garden for the change of seasons. While you’re mulching your garden beds, look around your home and spot any windows on the ground floor.
Once you know how many windows are accessible from the ground, consider placing gravel under each one. The addition of gravel under the windows will create a sound that’s potentially loud enough to deter many burglars from considering to enter your home. This is an aesthetically appealing and effective method for protecting your home from invasion—no ‘Beware of the Dog’ sign required.
Rake Dead Leaves
When it comes to protecting your home, there are more than just robbers to consider. House fires are a very serious threat to homes. However, you can get ahead of potential damage by keeping your lawn well manicured. House Method recommends removing dead leaves and branches from your yard. In addition to being an aesthetic concern for homeowners and a potential clue to burglars that you may not be home, this natural debris can quickly catch fire and may contribute to extensive exterior damage.
Store Lawn Tools Out of Sight
Hammers, rakes, and a variety of other lawn tools could be a burglar’s weapon of choice when they attempt to enter your home. To decrease the chances of an intruder, store these tools out of sight. After all, burglars can’t use tools they don’t have access to. Ideally, you should lock