Garden-planning should keep safety in mind

Published: Thursday, Apr. 3, 2014 - 8:04 am
Last Modified: Friday, Apr. 4, 2014 - 5:39 am

Re "Latest drought prompts some to rethink lawns" (Page A1, April 1): There has been a lot written about water-wise gardens to help our community deal with the drought. However, when planning a new garden, homeowners must also consider their safety. The Sacramento Police Department recommends to remove a burglar's cover by keeping hedges and trees trimmed away from your house.

This generally implies the front of the house should be visible from the street. In our neighborhood, we see both water-wise gardens that are designed with safety in mind and gardens that grow into virtual jungles. It may cost more to plant a lot of low-growing shrubs and non-invasive perennial grasses rather than a few large bushes, but safety is worth the expense.

-- Jim Thompson, Sacramento

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