Who doesn’t love a garden deck? This is the place where cookouts, family gatherings, merriment with the neighbors, and children play. The back of the house is where garden decking is usually attached, but it can be freestanding in any part of the yard. Decks are normally embellished with a gazebo, pergola, playhouse, wicker furniture and raised garden beds. This increases the value and enjoyment to the home.
Typically, decks are made of wood or a wood substitute material. The wood substitute is more costly but it is more durable and is more enjoyable due to it’s lower maintenance and it has no splinters. If using woods, soft wood or hard wood may be utilized. Many prefer to use pressure treated soft wood. Due to its density, hardwood, even if not pressure treated, is longer lasting.
It is both typical and recommended that a safety rail is installed around the perimeter of the deck. Decks come in different sizes and shapes depending on your preferences. It can match the color of your home. Oftentimes, decks are decorated with outdoor furniture, plantings, and lights. Popular features within the deck are either a portable heater or a fire pit.
Gardening decking entails some maintenance. If not properly maintained, weeds will grow up through the decking materials. Prior to building a garden deck, the area has to be cleared and the black landscaping fabric covered in stone laid down. This will hinder most of the growth of weeds but if there is any breakthrough, this can be treated with lawn chemicals and simply pulled out.
Proper air flow is very important, when designing and building your deck, so that the wood will not rot. Bolts have to be tightened regularly once a season. Once a year, sanitize decking with a specialized deck cleaner and spray with water repellent found in deck treatment products. Nails popping out have to hammered in and damaged boards replaced as they occur.
Bearing these things in mind and your garden deck will last for many seasons to come.