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July 22, 2017
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There are all kinds of alarm systems that you can install in your home for security, but did you know that your landscape can help thwart intruders before they even get close to your house?

You may already have a sophisticated security system in your yard and not even know it. If you live in a warm climate for example, citrus makes a great plant for security - take a look at these thorns. There are also a lot of other plants that have this rather pointed type of protection.

Extremely long, sharp thorns can be found on the Washington hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum), which reaches a height of 30 to 40 feet at maturity in a rounded to oval shape. The thorns measure up to three inches long. This defensive tree also displays splendid fall color and colorful red berries that hang on all winter.

The pyracantha is a very good landscape plant that not only boasts great holiday color but it displays sharp barbed leaves.

Most roses also offer a great built-in security system. One of the best places to plant a rose to ward off intruders is under a window.

Consider planting in a raised bed because there are often plenty of power, cable and sewer lines buried along the foundation of a house. (Plus, wet soil against the house can cause dry rot.)

A trellis can allow you to train a climbing rose along the window's edge. When working around a thorny plant, protect your hands and arms with a nylon shell jacket and nitrile gloves. Once planted, give the climbing rose its first meal of one ounce of fish emulsion and one ounce of seaweed mixed in a gallon of water. Lay the drip irrigation line and add mulch.

Consider the location of the climbing rose as well. With a climber, you want height, not width. If it's located along a walkway, prune off any branches that might grow into the walkway. Use garden ties to secure the branches loosely to the trellis. In about two years, the climbing rose should reach the top of the trellis, looking good inside and out.

"But not all rose thorns are created equal, " warns master gardener Fred Hoffman. The 'Iceberg' shrub rose is beautiful, but thorny it is not. A better choice is the 'Voodoo' rose, which, according to Hoffman, is more menacing than barbed wire.

Security however, isn't all thorns and prickles; it can also be the edge of a leaf. The Oregon grape holly or Mahonia aquifolium grows upward in a narrow form, perfect for walkways. The spiny teeth around the leaves are a guaranteed hindrance to unwanted hooligans.

When planning for your home security, one of the best defenses can be the eyes and ears of your neighbors. If you have a junglelike yard, your neighbors can't keep an eye on your front door when you're not home. You also want to be able to see out of the windows, and too much vegetation makes that impossible and also provides a space for intruders to hide. Don't get rid of the plants; just thin them out. Also, plant or prune your trees so that the branches don't overhang the roof of your house, which could provide access to an intruder. Several feet of space between the roof and canopy are much safer.

Source: www.hgtv.com
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Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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