Most homeowners think landscaping is just about the curb appeal but in reality, your landscaping can do so much more. It can ensure privacy from nosey neighbors, grow your property value, and increase security from potential burglars. Below we've compiled ways to landscape for both privacy & security...all while raising that property value!
Windows are a big entry point for potential burglars. Overgrown, unlit window areas are great spots for those burglars to hide.
Keep shrubs in front of windows trimmed.
Plant rose or similar thorn-bearing bushes as a deterrent.
Don't block basement windows - if you must, go thorny!
Traffic is important, the more you direct it with functional landscaping, the harder or more noticeable it is to get through those borders.
Gravel or rocked areas make footsteps more noticeable.
Consider adding a fence to make your property less open.
If you have gates, put locks on them!
Lighting your space! Light up all entry points (doors) and consider up/down lighting on windows & garages.
Lighting along a pathway helps too!
Keeping your yard trimmed & looking good shows that you're home often, and you go the length to show you care about your property.
If you're going out of town, hire a one-time mowing service.
Stop any newspapers & your mail until you get home.
The more finished your yard looks, the more people assume you are home to take care of it which is a deterrent!
Nosey neighbors or unsightly views, don't worry! Privacy solutions come in many forms to suit your needs. In spaces where safety isn't as large of a concern, consider adding some of these elements to add privacy to your space!
These are the most common form of creating boundaries & privacy for your space.
You could make it tall & privacy style so others cannot see in or over.
Privacy screens come in many different styles & materials.
Wood trellis style
Metal cut out
Horizontal deck boards
Make it a living wall! Add some living wall planters or plant a climbing plant that will add to the privacy.
The walls of a pergola or gazebo creates obstructions for line of sight.
Adding a roof would help cut off any views from nosey 2nd story neighbors. This also provides other benefits such as shade, shielding from weather, and value to your home.
Curtains, even sheer ones, would help create added privacy & make the space more intimate.
Make it a living wall! Add a climbing plant to create a living screen. Some examples for our area would be:
Tall Grasses/Native Plants are great options for privacy! All you need is to get a plant that gets tall enough for your space. For example, if your space is a firepit where you'll be sitting, you only need a plant that gets 4-6' tall. Planting native is the easiest to take care of & needs next to no maintenance.
Hedge Shrubs are well known for creating boundaries around pools, property lines, and patios. They can grow quick and are pretty easy to maintain with only an annual trimming.
Trees, though they take a while to get to the right size, are a great long-term investment for privacy. Trees obstruct line of sight, while also providing countless other benefits.
Whichever route you go, safety or privacy, Summit Outdoor Designs would be happy to help you with your outdoor space. We would be happy to come do a consult or provide a free estimate for some of these items. Contact us today!
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