Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2018

LC/DBM provides landscape contractors with Educational, Imaginative and Practical information about their business, their employees, their machines and their projects.

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byline Above At this home in the city of Del Mar, California, Falling Waters Landscape, a residential design/build firm in nearby Solana Beach, immersed the front door, garage door and large Torrey pine tree in light, which allows the homeowner easy visual observation while approaching his property and while looking out from inside his house. Keeping properties, and more impor- tantly the people in and around them, secure is high on the list of priorities for most property owners, and landscape lighting can be an essential aid in achiev - ing that. Kyle Lemmon, writing for ASecureLife. com, an independent review site that bills itself as an all-encompassing security re - source, refers to a study conducted by the University of North Carolina, Charlotte's department of criminal justice and crimi - nology, of over 400 incarcerated burglars who were asked, among other things, what might deter them from committing their crimes. A very common answer was "a lack of hiding spots available on well-lit properties." Techniques A.J. Coleman, a lighting designer at McKay Landscape Lighting in Omaha, Nebraska, advises "We always try to high - light dark areas. We don't want any (dark areas) near windows that intruders could bust out and hop in." Coleman also recommends highlighting the front entry so that everyone knows where the front door is and so that the homeowner can see out. "We're very conscious that when we place lights up next to the house that they shine straight up," he added. "That way we're not pointing at any window inside the house, or shooting any light back towards the street or into someone else's house." 20 LC DBM PROTECTING VALUABLE WHAT'S K by Mike Dahl, LC/DBM

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