Creating a Safer, Simple and Secure Front Garden

Creating a Safer, Simple and Secure Front Garden

When you think of home security deterrents, you may think of CCTV Cameras, Alarms, Ring Door Bells and the like, but did you know that as landscape gardeners, there is a lot that we can do to help improve the security of a property for home owners.

Recently this client contacted us. Her front garden had become very overgrown and the tall shrubs were actually hiding her front door from her neighbours.

Had anything of happened at her front door, her neighbours wouldn’t have been able to see, even though entrance to her home is not far from the road. The client wanted a much safer, simpler and security focused garden.

To respond to her wishes, we removed the tall overgrown shrubs to open up her front garden to the road and laid block paving around the garden. This means that her front door is now visible and can be seen from the road. Plus, the front garden is completely open, so nowhere for uninvited visitors to hide.

We also added two attractive bushes/shrubs and some gravel on her front garden to give it a landscaped look, but also, because gravel is noisy, so of course she would be alerted to anyone trying to approach her door, as would the neighbours.

To make the property even safer, we advised some floodlit lighting for extra security at night.

Here are some other ways we can help provide security to your property:

Gravel Driveway

Having a gravel driveway or path makes it harder for visitors to go undetected, as the gravel will make a loud noise underfoot, and this often puts off anyone who has unscrupulous motives.

Garden Lighting

Having well placed lighting can open up darker areas of your front garden and makes it harder for peoples to hide, especially if you use bright outside security lights so that intruders are spotted if they try to approach your home

Low Front Boundaries

A low wall or boundary at the front can be more advantageous than a higher wall, as higher walls provide a place for people to hide, whereas low boundaries mean that anyone who visits is visible to neighbours and those in the area. Obviously higher boundaries are better around the back of your property and provide extra security to the garden.

Defensive Planting

We can offer a “defensive planting” plan if you would like, with prickly plants which make it harder for people to climb over or navigate around in a hurry.

The Met Police recommend planting any of the following along your boundaries to act as a deterrent:

  • Berberis
  • Osmanthus
  • Forget
  • Poncirus
  • Crataegus
  • Pyracantha
  • Aralia
  • Chaenomeles
  • Ribes
  • Oplopanax
  • Elaeagnus
  • Robinia
  • Colletia
  • Ilex
  • Climbing roses
  • Maclura
  • Mahonia
  • Ligustrum (privet), or laurel
  • Smilax and Zanthoxylum

We’re always happy to discuss Garden Renovations and keeping your home secure by using your garden to create extra security features. For all things Garden Landscaping and Horticulture related, please do feel free to give us a call!