Improve Safety and Security with a Fenced Yard

Fencing is more than an aesthetic feature for your yard. It can also help add security and protect the safety of your family. If you have considered adding a fence, but are not sure it is worth the investment, consider the benefits it can bring to your home and family. Here are a few ways fencing can improve the safety and security of your home.

Kids and Pets

Playing outside is important for kids and pets to get the exercise they need to stay healthy. When your yard is not fenced, you need to be vigilant to be with your kids and pets every moment they are outside. A fenced yard creates a secure place for kids and pets to play and run.

Privacy for Safety and Security

A fence can add privacy, which is important for safety and security. When others cannot see into your yard, it can deter intruders. Burglars and other criminals prefer to target homes where they can plan their break in. When they cannot easily see the entrances and other aspects of the home, they are less likely to target it for their criminal activities.

Keep Others Out

Fencing not only helps keep your kids and pets safe in your yard, it can keep others out. This includes animals and humans. While fencing can be climbed, it is a deterrent that can minimize the risk of others coming into your yard.

A fenced yard can look wonderful and offers many safety and security benefits; fences also add value to your home. Give your family the benefits of privacy and security by adding fencing to your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

Tips for Planning Your New Fence

Fences can add security, beauty or privacy to your home, often a combination of all three. Whether you are putting up a decorative fence or a solid fence for your pets or privacy, you need to do some preparing and planning before your start your project. Here are a few tips to get you started on planning your new fence.

  • Know where your property lines are. Whether you have a small lot in suburbia or a large tract of land in the country, you need to make sure your fence stays within your property confines. The last thing you want is to find out after the fence is in place that it is on a neighbor’s property.
  • Form and function. Determining where your fence will be placed will decide on the form of fence and what function you want it to provide. Consider whether you need containment, abutments to structures and other factors in placing your fence outline.
  • Property considerations. If you will be digging deep fence holes, you need to consider what is below the surface of your yard. This could be electrical lines or sewer pipes that cannot be disturbed.
  • DIY or hire a contractor. Do you want to attempt to install your own fence or use a contractor? While you can save money by doing it yourself, are you the best person to do the job? You may want to contact a local landscaper that offers professional fence installation to ensure that it is done right the first time.

Adding a new fence can enhance your home if you plan and prepare to avoid issues, especially when you use the help of a professional.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

Use Landscaping To Muffle Road Noise

Tired of going to sleep at night while listening to the infrequent sound of a cricket or frog, during the brief lull in the noise from freeway traffic? Tired of listening to your neighbor’s nightly backyard discussions, much less their occasional argument? Don’t enjoy sitting on your deck or patio, with the neighbors watching everything you do? If so, it is time for some new landscaping. The right landscaping will not only reduce the noise of passing traffic but will also afford you some privacy, helping you to reclaim your outdoor space.

Of course, you can always build a fence if that is what you think best fits with your property. If you choose to build a wood fence, make sure that it is solid, without designs that leave gaping holes between slats as they would allow sound to come through. If you have enough space, you  may want to build a rock or brick wall, which will be thick enough to keep out sound. However, more simply and ecologically pleasing, you could plant fast growing evergreen trees, because they don’t lose their leaves in the fall and winter. You could supplement the trees with shrubs, like boxwoods. Typically, the noise will be reduced as your plant barrier grows and deepens in thickness.

In addition to creating a plant barrier, another good idea would be to install a water feature somewhere near your home, close to your patio or windows. Ideally, the bubbling sound of moving water in a small pond, bird bath or fountain will help to soothe away unwanted noise. Consulting with your local landscaping professional will help you find the right solution to meet your privacy needs while fitting in with your property and home design.