Using a green thumb against graffiti

Many property owners who have grown tired of painting out tagging on retaining and building walls have instead taken up a natural approach to thwart taggers: planting vines. But what kind of vine is best to cover up an attractive target for the neighborhood tagging crew? Creeping fig? Bougainvillea? Boston Ivy? The hands-down winner, at least on the Nela List: creeping fig:

“It needs lots of water for the first year, but much less after that.
It clings to bricks, cement, stucco (or anything really) with little sticky
“feet” so you don’t need to provide any support. It will fully cover once it
takes hold, maybe 3-5 years.”

Photo: ddk4runner via Flickr

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