We want your composite decking to be enjoyed all year ‘round. The thing is, enjoying your luxurious wood composite decking in only the summer months is a waste – why not utilise your beautiful new living space even when it gets a bit parky outside! With talk of Christmas getting more and more frequent, we’re officially moving away from the Autumnal period, and heading straight for winter; because of this, we thought we’d share a few tips with you on how to enjoy your decking come December!
We don’t want to come across all parental, but layers are quite literally all that stands between you and an outdoor winter lifestyle. If we can send people on solo expeditions to the Antarctic, we can more than suffice with sensibly attiring someone to have a hot drink on their deck in Surrey. It may sound crazy, but take it from us: if you go to the French Alps in December, they still have deck chairs outside. And when confronted with such a picturesque view, why wouldn’t you want to take it all in, regardless of the season?
If There’s No Place to Go…
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Okay, this may seem like a long shot, but we’ve been graced with heavy snow for the past few years running. Forget about the traffic disruptions; instead, concentrate on building an awesome snowman on your wood composite decking. Or pull up a chair, a steaming hot chocolate, and enjoy how much prettier your surroundings look when flurried with frost and sprinkled with snowflakes!
We hope you get the general idea. Why plough money, time, and effort into creating yourself a beautiful garden only to seal it off for most of the year? Put on some appropriate clothing, grab yourselves a hot beverage, and enjoy your outdoor area in all its wondrously-wintery glory.
TimberTech is the ultimate in low-maintenance decking; we’ve proven that point time and again. But, composite decking aside, what else can you do to dodge time-consuming upkeep in your outdoor living space?
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That’s the question we’re attempting to answer today – after all, gardens are for relaxing, not working! Here are five ways to minimise the maintenance that your garden requires:
- Plant unfussy flowers
Some flowers are more demanding than others. When you’re deciding how best to brighten up your borders, try to opt for species that don’t need quite as much attention. Nasturtiums are famously unfussy about the soil they’re in, and they don’t need to be fertilised, either. Then you have your ‘drought-tolerant’ plants (like sedum and sage) which will stay beautiful with only occasional watering.
- Get your defences up early
If you are relying on plants and flowers to make your garden look spectacular, it’s important to protect them against predators like slugs and snails. And it’s best to slug-proof your outdoor space now, rather than waiting until after the slimy beasts have had their way with your leafy pals. The internet is full of folk slug defences; pellets, beer traps, salt, and so on. Try ‘em out and see what works for you.
- Consider alternatives to a grassy lawn
Lawns need mowing and mowing is hard work, so why not replace your lawn with something lower-maintenance? Bark chips are a popular option, and we at TimberTech have our very own line of low-maintenance paving that’s just as easy-going as our deck materials.
- Get the family involved
This one is a bit of a cheat because you’re not really reducing the amount of maintenance necessary...you’re just divvying the work up! A problem shared is a problem halved, as they say, so why not get your family and friends to help you out in the back garden? You could bribe them with the promise of a cold drink when they’re finished.
- Keep it neat and tidy
A little work now will save you a lot of work later. If your garden is reasonably well-kept, you’re much less likely to encounter a major problem further down the line, so keep it tidy and perform a few checks every so often to ensure that all is as it should be.