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One of the easiest ways to bring your outdoor area to life is to fill it with a wide variety of plants and flowers. This time of year, just before spring, is the perfect time to sow some seeds and watch them flourish. So, if you're interested in adding some plants and flowers to your decking, but you don't know where to start, just keep reading.

how to decorate your deck with plants

Which plants should you grow on your decking?

Whether you're a green-fingered plant parent or not, one of the most fundamental things to think about when you're choosing plants is the amount of available light. When you're deciding which plants would be best suited to your deck, start by thinking about the position of your deck in the garden. Is it in a shaded area or does it get a lot of sun for most of the day? 

Most plants will thrive in the sunshine, but there are some plants that may become scorched if they're sat in the sun for too long (particularly in summer). Here are a few plants for you to consider, depending on whether your deck is bright or shaded.

Shaded Decking

Shaded decking lends itself as a wonderful home for shade-loving perennials. These plants don't require too much sunlight to thrive but will certainly add some texture and colour to a darker area of your garden.

begonias

  • Lysimachia congestiflora (Creeping Jenny) - This plant has pretty yellow flowers and thick green foliage. 
  • Begonias (shown above) There are a few different varieties of begonias, all of which thrive in pots.
  • Heucheras - These perennial plants provide colour all year round. If you combine different species you can create a beautiful patchwork effect.

Bright Decking

Decking that sits in direct sunlight for most of the day is a great spot for sun-loving plants! These plants need a bit of extra care because the soil can dry out quickly. Have a watering can ready if you want to decorate your deck with these plants.

lavender

  • Artemisia (Silver Mound) - Known for its delicate foliage, this plant is able to retain its shape and colour, even during the warm summer months.
  • Lavender (shown above) - This well-known plant has a relaxing aroma and bright purple flowers that will look beautiful on your deck. It thrives in bright, warm conditions.
  • Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon) - This species is one of those great, basically un-killable plants. it has colourful flowers loves to live in the sunshine.

One of the greatest ways to decorate your deck with plants is to create a planter made of composite decking. We've helped lots of our customers incorporate a planter into their deck designs and the results are always stunning. Once your planter is in place, you'll be able to curate your very own flower garden or grow a variety of herbs, fruit and veg! 

composite decking planter

The benefit of using high-quality composite decking is that it won't rot, warp or fade over time. This means your new garden planter will look just as good as the rest of your deck for years to come. 

If you'd like to incorporate a planter into your deck design, get in touch with the TimberTech team. This is an innovative way to decorate your deck with plants and get it looking bright and lively in time for spring.

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced all of us to spend a lot more time at home - and unsurprisingly, the people of Britain have been getting far more use out of their gardens during lockdown.

In a survey conducted by composite decking specialists TimberTech, 62.5% of respondents said that, since the COVID-19 outbreak, they have been out in the garden much more often than before (250 out of 400 responses).

Graph - How often have you used your garden since the Covid outbreak?

A further 17% of respondents said they have been out in the garden slightly more often than before (68 out of 400 responses).

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spring 2021

Can you believe that Spring is just around the corner? 2020 was such a strange and upsetting year, and we're sure that most of you are looking forward to spring 2021! With vaccinations taking place across the UK, it shouldn't be long until our lives can return back to some kind of normality.

That being said, things might not be completely normal straight away. It's likely that interactions between households will continue to be regulated and might even be limited to outdoor spaces and gardens for a while. If you get your garden ready for the sunny months ahead now, then you'll be ready when the time comes for us to see our friends and family again!

Treat yourself to a new TimberTech deck and you'll be ready to lap up the sunshine in spring 2021. Let's take a look at a few popular decking options and explore the different ways you can get your garden ready for the sunny months ahead.

Best Composite Decking for Your Spring Garden

We know that money is tight for a lot of people at the moment, but that shouldn't mean that you compromise on the quality of your garden renovation. If you're looking for a high-quality composite decking option that won't break the bank, take a look at our EasyClean Edge Maritime Grey decking

edge maritime grey

The beautiful contemporary grey shade combined with the beautiful wood-grain effect makes this decking the perfect addition to any modern garden. Like all of our composite decking ranges, EasyClean Edge Maritime Grey is incredibly easy to maintain and even comes with a 25-year warranty so you know it'll look incredible for years to come. We've dropped the price from £61.76 per m² to only £55.00 per m².

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Add some planters

Another great way to get your garden ready for spring 2021 (and use up any leftover decking) is to create a wonderful garden planter. This is a great way to prepare a space for new plants and flowers that will thrive in the spring.

garden planter

These are a great addition to your garden and will also match perfectly with your decking if you use your leftover boards. Of course, if you'd prefer to make standalone planters, you can use any large container. We've seen people use everything from garden pots to old bathtubs!

Seating area

If there's one thing you're sure to make use of during spring 2021, it's a comfortable seating area. Whether you want to entertain guests or relax in the sun with a good book, incorporating a seating area into your garden for spring/summer is not a decision you'll regret.

decking seating area

Spring accessories

Another great way to give your garden a refresh for spring is to update your garden accessories. Think about the kinds of activities you'll want to do this spring, then you can tailor the accessories to suit your needs. 

Want to eat alfresco more often this spring? Take a look at upgrading your BBQ, invest in a new table or think about building your very own pizza oven!

Want to spend more time in the garden relaxing? Consider adding a free-standing hammock or sun lounger, get a fire pit for the colder evenings and make sure you've got a parasol to protect you while your sunbathing.

Want to entertain more guests this year? Invest in an outdoor bar, a garden room or shelter and install some waterproof lights so you can party into the night.

However you see your garden evolving for spring 2021, now is the time to get your plans in action. Get in touch with the TimberTech team to order your composite decking now.

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Read More: Decking Trends 2021

With the end of 2020 in sight (thank goodness!), 2021 is fast approaching and with it comes a whole host of new outdoor trends that homeowners and outdoor designers will be keen to implement into their planned outdoor redesigns.

Here at TimberTechUK, we love keeping on top of all things modern and trendy in the decking world and bringing them to you, our loyal customers. So, here we bring the decking trends that we think will take 2021 by storm! 

 

Staycations 

We doubt that the word 'staycation' was ever said prior to 2020 but as a result of COVID-19 stopping us from travelling abroad for our holidays, many of us have been forced to stay in the UK for our planned breaks. This has led to many people visiting and experiencing parts of Britain that they've never been to before, however, many people have also chosen to invest the money that would've gone onto a holiday away into improving their own homes and in particular, their gardens and decks.

This is a trend that we expect to fully continue going into 2021 with many households remaining reluctant to travel overseas and instead using the money to create an improved living space in their very own home.

 

Creative deck designs 

Creative outdoor designs were something that we predicted would pick up throughout 2020. This was definitely the case with some outstanding outdoor plans being brought to life and something we fully expect to continue moving into the new year with creativity becoming commonplace. A few of the creative deck design features that we expect to make a return throughout 2021 include:

  • Varying boards widths 
  • Single and double picture frames 
  • Multiple board colours 
  • Breaker boards 
  • Unique inlays 

 

Deck lighting 

A staple in the deck design world, lighting continues to become an essential element of any modern deck design. This is in no way, shape or form going to slow down as we enter 2021, with more decks being designed to incorporate lighting features.

As a result of more people and families potentially staying put throughout 2021, enabling your deck to become a place where you can spend even more time has never been more important. Adding deck lights allows you and your family to continue enjoying your outdoor space even when the sun has set. Their simple installation also means that you can become creative when choosing where to install them.

 

Covered decks 

The final 2021 decking trend that we think will gain more traction is covered decks! As people move away from seeing their garden as a separate space to being more integrated with their interior space, covered decks are becoming a more popular garden feature. 

With a plethora of cover options to choose from, including awnings, verandas and pergolas, there really is no excuse to not consider adding some deck cover next year. Not only does it provide essential shelter when the weather decides to act up, but it also brings an eye-catching element to your garden that most do not have. Also with suitable cover, you are able to bring your inside outside and create a proper outdoor space! Decorate your deck with accessories and items that match the design of the interior of your home to bring a true transition from outside to in!

 

And there you have it, TimberTechUK's 2021 decking trends! We're excited to see how next year plays out and all of the wonderful deck designs that are sure to emerge. For more deck ideas and inspiration, be sure to visit our design page below, we're sure it has something that can spark your imagination! 

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As the old saying goes, "if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail." This is often used for many scenarios in life, whether that's before an exam, a presentation or just day-to-day life itself. It can also be applied to deck design, however. As failing to prepare a new deck sufficiently, will only lead to far greater problems later down the line.

When it comes to installing a new deck in your garden, the planning and design phase is probably just as, if not more important than the actual installation. With so many variables to account for, such as the number of deck boards required, fittings and fixtures such as screws and clips and how best to utilise the space you have in your outdoor area, there is huge room for error. By precisely planning your deck, you minimise the chances of things going wrong, leading to a smooth and easy deck build, something that every homeowner would want! 

So, how do you go about planning a deck project? TimberTechUK are here to tell you! 

plan a deck

 

Planning your deck project 

For the planning of your deck project, there are several things that you'll need to consider. The first of these is where in your garden is your deck going to be located. This may not seem like a particularly important issue but trust us, it is. Knowing the optimal location for your deck may be the most important part of the whole planning process, as the last thing you want is to finish installing your deck to realise it would have been better suited on the opposite end of your garden.

Understanding where the sun rises and sets in relation to your garden should be a priority. Ideally, you'll want your deck to be in the sun for as long as possible, so learning the sun's path should be one of the first things you do to ensure you're not left in the dark (unless that's what you want).

The next thing to consider when planning your deck is the nature of exit and entry to your home. If you want to utilise existing doors, steps and walkways in your garden then you'll need to plan the design of your deck around these. If not, you may find your deck becomes an awkward feature that doesn't allow you to get around your garden as easy as you first thought. By building your deck to compliment your building, you will create an outdoor space that feels like an extension of your inside, rather than just another exterior structure. 

Planning permission is another crucial element of any deck planning process. In the UK, there are rules around the size of your deck in relation to the size of your building and garden. For example, surfaces including decking, are not permitted to cover more than 50% of a property's garden. Therefore, if you are considering installing a deck which does cover a large part of your outdoor space, it is recommended that you discuss your plans with your local authority planning office before you begin your installation. The following situations require planning permission before building a deck:

  • If your deck is installed within 20 metres of highway 
  • If your deck is more than 30mm (1ft) from the ground 
  • If any area of your deck exceeds 3m in height 
  • If your deck would affect the value or privacy of surrounding properties 
  • If the deck is situated within a conservation area or national park or is attached to a listed building

 

The design of your deck

Understanding and knowing what deck design you're going to have is also another crucial element in the planning process. The way in which you're going to use your deck will have an impact on the way the sub-frame is designed and built. Typical deck designs include:

  • Ground-level decks
  • Partially-elevated decks 
  • Elevated decks 
  • Multi-level decks 

If you plan on building your deck for a large number of people, for example at a bar or restaurant, you may need to look at commercial specifications such as fire-retardant-treated sub-frames and deck boards that have high levels of grip or slip-resistance. The direction that you'd like your deck boards to be installed will also dictate how your joists and sub-frame is built. Deck boards with smaller cross-sections will need more joists and greater support.

During the design process, always plan to a deck with is free draining. For suitable water run-off, your deck should be installed on a slight gradient (at least 1 in 80). Install grooved decking down the fall to allow run-oof and ensure the groove ends can drain freely. You may be required to pack out the fascia. Installing deck boards in a particular way, such as a quadrant or checkerboard pattern can hinder drainage resulting in more frequent maintenance requirements.

 

Safety measures 

Safety should always play an important role in the planning of your deck project. Whether it's to do with the type of boards you use, the number of levels you intend to incorporate or how hight from the ground your deck is built. Either way, you should always consider what risks are involved with the finished deck when going through each stage of the planning process. 

One way of increasing the safety levels of your deck whilst contributing to an attractive design is through the addition of balustrades. These can serve several functions, ranging from decorative edging to full-blown safety barriers, particularly on multi-level decks. The height of the balustrade that you add to your deck will again depend on how far the deck surface is off the ground. For lower-level decks up to 600mm from the ground, the height of your balustrade should be 900mm. For higher-level decks that sit over 600mm high, the balustrade height should be 1100mm.

Carefully planning how to incorporate these safety measures is of vital importance. 

 

Ready, set, go

Once you have considered all of the above points, your deck plan should be ready to go. Ensure everything that you need is in place to make your installation go as smoothly as possible. If you require information on how to install your deck, you can visit our installation resources page or watch our video below.

 

Alternatively, you can get in touch with a member of the TimbrTech team if you require more information on how to plan or install your new deck!

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