rose bushes as a theft deterent

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by tailboardtech, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. tailboardtech

    tailboardtech LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just got a call from one of my regulars to plant 23 rose bushes under every window at her house. She's been broken into 2 times since october and her insuance company is paying for it never heard that one before.
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  2. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Interesting. I know I've got one rose that's just awful nasty when it comes to thorns, and a few that barely have thorns at all.
    The birds nest in the thorny one was well protected from the neighborhood cats.
     
  3. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    Chinese hollies. Ouch!
     
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have roses in the center for flowers with a perimeter of barberry for seasonal foliage interest...
    Finally, a purpose for barberry...

    Then a barbwire eletric fence coiled around that... :)
     
  5. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Great idea. Guys in my area sooooo overuse barberry it drives me nuts. Its good for dry spots though.

    I like the idea thoough. In fact this thought has occurred to me before....To keep my kids from sneaking out!
     
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Down here it's Bougainvillea's. They will tear a sweatshirt just walking by them.:usflag:
     
  7. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I had the same thought, around heatpump.
     
  8. classy

    classy LawnSite Member
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    Makes sense, it is extremely common to integrate landscaping with building security. What I find interesting is 2 things, 1) insurance is financing it 2) they chose Roses instead of Holly.

    I read "somewhere" that you have a chance of lowering your insurance premiums if you have holly planted under all of your windows. (Troll Notice: don't waste your time picking at my "somewhere", I will without doubt never answer you). So for some of the newer guys, this is a huge selling point for shrub/bush installations, and it holds water.
     
  9. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    The Barberry was my first inclination also. Thumbs Up

    I had a client that was looking for a living fence to keep the dogs and kids in their yard and barberry's were my first choice. But, I couldn't consciously do it as I'd feel horrible if one of the kids got a nasty infection from a barberry thorn.

    Those suckers are worse than Roses as far as I'm concerned. Any thief that gets in one of those will be picking thorns out for weeks.

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  10. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yuccas/Spanish bayonets are planted in my ex state of FL under the windows to help prevent thefts. I would suggest a big rotti or some other deep voice dog.

    Pit traps with pungee sticks with poison tips work too. :)
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