Some security programs for your home or business might be easier than you think. Locks, alarms, lighting, and video systems are always a good start to protect your location from intruders, but there are always more security measures one can take. Outside windows are always a vulnerability because these windows are easily accessible by thieves. Fortunately, Mother Nature has an easy fix for this that can not only better protect your home or business but also decorate it as well.
What we are suggesting is adding “defensive plants” around your house or business at possible points of entry such as outside windows or fence lines. Defensive plants like spiny shrubs or bushes have been used for centuries as natural defensive barriers. These types of plants can create a boundary that thieves will avoid in favor of an easier targets.
This security strategy not only better protects your premises, but also offers a natural and decorative way to display your home or building. Remember: most thieves are lazy, they look for easy ways of getting into a home or business. By taking a few simple precautions you can reduce the risk of being burglarized and make your location more secure.
Listed below are our top 5 picks of defensive plants and helpful tips on some ways you can proactively create natural security barriers outside or around your location. All of these plants are installation friendly and might even increase the value of your property as they protect your assets.
Bamboo Fencing Protection
Bamboo rolls are also very strong and sturdy, which makes it difficult to tamper or destroy. You can install it if you are a DIY enthusiast, but it’s definitely not an easy thing to break through with your bare hands or low-quality tools. Bamboo is very hard to penetrate and makes lots of noise, so it will alert you naturally if someone is trying to go through it, or is tampering with it.
Bamboo is great to build a fence around, and it looks very pretty. It can stand alone or be used to disguise a chain link fence. A similar option is reed fencing. Often, these fencing materials can be purchased from Lowes or Home Depot.
The Blackthorn plant is a great option to put it in front of a window to limit access to your location. It looks like a fruit plant, but it has spines that can really hurt someone, so you might consider this as an option to cover a vulnerable window. And its wood is so tough, the Irish used to make Shillelaghs with Blackthorn wood.
The American Holly is a great option to secure your location. Just as with the Blackthorn, it would be best used right outside your building in front of a window or a vulnerable area. This is a plant that takes as long as 100 years to grow, but once it becomes a bush it’s a great way to keep people away. If you get too close to it, it can cause a lot of pain and damage.
As seen in this picture, you could add Firethorn around your walls or even in front of a window. This plant has some thorns, which you wouldn’t want to mess with. This is why it’s such a good option to keep people away, not only it can make burglars uncomfortable but it is very difficult to penetrate. Another good thing is that it grows pretty quickly.
Lastly, Shrub Roses are great to keep people away with their thorny stem. This will limit possible intruders from attempting to burglarize your location. This beautiful rose comes in many colors. This is perfect to scatter around your location in vulnerable spots, or to simply just decorate your outside. Shrub roses are easy to grow – no landscaping expertise necessary.
Business and home owners are always looking for cost-effective ways to enhance their security. We hope these simple tips to protect your location with defensive plants can provide some safety and peace of mind as well as gardening brilliance!
Be safe and be profitable.