Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Can A Secure Garden Be A Beautiful Garden?

For many of us, our garden is about pleasure. It’s about cultivating our own plants, creating our own little slice of Eden in our backyard. It’s our haven from the world, where all of the usual stresses and strains can’t reach us.

It’s easy in the midst of this to forget that our garden is also, to an extent, the vanguard of our home. It’s something any unwanted visitors will have to cross if they wish to gain access to our property. This is something we tend to keep in mind when we assess the security of the front of our house, but do we give the back area the same thought?

There’s a good chance the answer to that question is: no. While most of us will focus on upkeep that ensures our garden is secure, for the most part, it’s not the thing that we focus on with this area. And why would we - when it’s a space for pleasure, to grow things, to rest from the world? It’s no surprise we don’t want to clutter that up with reality, with security concerns.

Can Security Measures Be Beautiful?

Yes - but you have to be willing to work with them. Realistically, security measures aren’t known for their aesthetic beauty - and for good reason! It’s not what they’re for, so why waste time focusing on that aspect when the main thrust is that they need to be secure.

So while you might have to put a little bit of time and effort into making these measures attractive, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to do so. Not convinced? Here’s a few ideas towards a more secure garden, without damaging the work you have put in to create a haven outside your home.

Chain Link Fencing + Climbing Roses

Fencing like https://www.longfence.com/content/chain-link-fence-durable-resistant may not initially be the most attractive thing in the world, but with the addition of a climbing rose? Beautiful.

If you’re new to training roses where to climb, there’s a good primer to be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hG0wamcyCc. While this isn’t going to be an immediate solution - the rose will take time to grow, of course - over the course of a few years, you can have both a secure fence and a beautiful, fragrant display.

Security Camera and/or Lights + Insect Hotel

If you don’t have an insect hotel for your garden, then this is the perfect opportunity to start creating one. Encouraging beneficial insects to your garden is not only good for the ecosystem, but also for your plants and flowers when you want pollination.

Insect hotels are, by their nature, haphazard - as the picture above shows. You can put them on walls, build them from the ground up; whatever suits your garden. It would be almost impossible to notice a small camera or motion sensor light amidst the usual wood shapes and differences used to create the various nooks and crannies of an insect hotel. Well worth considering, especially if you have a large garden and wish to illuminate as much of it as possible.

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