With spring getting off to a slow start in Denver this year, you might be a little behind on your outdoor home improvements. Everyone is hankering to get outside and get a few warm-weather projects done in the yard.
In addition to planting flower and vegetable gardens, consider how certain landscaping choices can help protect your home. Experts across Denver offer the following landscaping tips to help protect your home from outdoor fires, car crashes, and even crime.
Landscape for Home Security
Kristen S. Fefes with the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado says you can do several things to reduce suspicious activity around the exterior of your home.
Landscape for Crash Prevention
Lately, the news in Denver seems to tell more stories about wayward cars crashing into houses, although the Denver Police Department doesn’t tabulate data on these car-versus-house events.
Abe Medina, president of the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, offers tips used around government buildings that can work to help protect your home, too:
Landscape for Fire Protection
Larry Vickerman, director of Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, lived through the Waldo Canyon Fire that roared through western Colorado Springs in summer 2012. When asked about landscaping decisions with fire protection in mind, therefore, he brings both professional and personal experience to these landscaping tips:
And, while landscaping can go a long way to protecting your home, remember that Denver Police Department home safety experts say that neighbors who look out for each other make whole communities safer. If you see something, hear something or smell something, please report it to the proper authorities.
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