Just Moved? Keep Your New Home Safe By Trimming Your Overgrown Trees And Plants

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If you just moved into a new city, you may have concerns about how to keep your family and home safe from criminal activity. To protect your family, you may place a security system on your home and garage. But some of the things you might not think to secure are the trees and plants on your property. Overgrown trees, bushes, and other vegetation may make your home an easy target for thieves and burglars. Here's why you should trim your overgrown trees and plants and the steps needed to do so safely and effectively.

How Can Overgrown Trees Make Your Home Vulnerable?

Trees are essential to keeping the environment clean and healthy. But if the trees and plants on your property are not trimmed properly, they can obstruct your view of the city street, alley, or your neighbor's home. Your overgrown trees may also make your home open to burglary.

Overgrown trees, bushes, and other plants can potentially camouflage or conceal the presence of burglars and other unwanted visitors. Some criminals may wear clothing that allows them to blend in with the growth. If you're in a hurry, you might not notice anyone hiding in your trees and other overgrown plants when you leave your home for work or school.

In addition, some unsavory individuals may use the branches and limbs of your trees to enter your attic or second-story window. Thieves can convert the vegetation into a makeshift ladder. If someone is home, such as teen or elderly loved one, they may encounter the thief while you're away. 

It's essential that you take precautions to protect your home, family, and property from crime. 

How Can You Make Your Home and Property Safer?

You can do some things yourself to increase the security around your property, including trimming any hedges and bushes growing close to your home, garage, and fencing. You should be able to see out of your windows easily. If the plants are thick, try to thin them out by removing any thick undergrowth and entangled branches and twigs you find. 

When it comes to your trees, it's a good idea that you contact a tree trimming company like Pete & Ron's Tree Service, Inc. for help. Although you may be able to trim branches and limbs that hang close to the ground, it may not be safe to trim the branches or limbs of large or tall trees. In addition, some trees may grow close to the electrical lines on your property, while other trees may hang or grow over your roof. Attempting to work on trees in these locations can be potentially dangerous. 

Contractors may actually perform a detailed inspection of your trees prior to working on them. The inspections help contractors identity the trees on your property, which prevents problems with your city or community. Some communities, cities, and states have strict rules about trimming certain trees.

For instance, trees that reach Grand Oak status in some states or cities require permits to be trimmed, removed, or pruned. Grand Oak trees are very old, prestigious, or important to the environment and community. If any of your trees are special or meet certain requirements, contractors can follow the proper protocols to trim or maintain them.

After contractors complete the work, they may suggest that you schedule routine maintenance of your trees. Maintenance checks can help keep your trees from growing out of control in the future. If you have questions about maintaining your trees or scheduling services, don't hesitate to discuss it with your contractors. 

For more details about trimming your trees or keeping your new property safe, contact a tree trimming service provider today.

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