How I am using this year’s garden as a way to add security to my home
I’ll begin by asking for feedback or suggestions to improve this idea before I explain it.
My lot is 50′ x 120′ and house is 28’x32′ with a 10’x12′ shed in the back yard to one side of the lot.
There are 2 x 4′ x 12′ and 2 x 4′ x 8′ existing raised beds in the back yard. I have a garden fence around the raised beds to protect from deer.
My original plan was to wrap a 6′ fence around the entire back yard, however, that has to wait until the garage is built.
There have been recent changes in our community that warrant doing something sooner in addition to a long-standing problem with someone in close proximity to my home.
There will still be openings into the yard, but I am creating a chute to control the ease and routes that are available to “just walk in.”
I am getting creative about how to add layers of security around my home using cedar planters with trellis privacy backing. It will look something like this:
For the front yard, I am building 4 rectangle planters, each 2′ wide and 3′-4′ high with a trellis in back.
They will be situated in a row and bolted together for stability. They will be installed just inside the property line as a fence would (I don’t do shared fences that are installed on the property line – once was enough).
I plan to taper the first and last planter in the row so that each outside end is tapered down to 16″ from 24″. This is to keep the planter from looking too boxy and keeping it from getting to close to the deck that is pending.
There will be similar privacy planters going into the back yard, and on the other side of the front yard.
They will act as a type of “fence” or barrier. Right now everything is wide open and that has to change. This is the fastest way I can do that.
There is another planter of this type that is going to be positioned on a diagonal to block out the peeping tom I’ve had to deal with.
When I’m done this should provide more peace when I’m out working in the yard.
The additional planters will also provide the opportunity to try planting edible food in plain view, mixed with flowers or herbs. Silverbeet is one example or there is also Rainbow Swiss Chard or types of kale.
Okay, that’s the idea. Any thoughts or suggestions to make this better or add to it for security? I do have security cameras, but there are people around who know how to get past that by disguising themselves.