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Homeowners that choose to install a composite deck do so after quite some deliberation. A significant amount of time is often spent deciding the types of deck boards they'd like, their colour as well as the overall deck design. However, the significance of safety is regularly overlooked as the sheer excitement of a new deck can easily take over but this shouldn't always be the case!

Here at TimberTech UK, we supply high-quality deck railing systems that not only provide an extra element of safety for your new deck but also enhance the finished look of your outdoor space. But which is best? 

In this blog, we take a closer look at the two railing options we have on offer here at TimberTech UK to find out what is the best deck railing system for you. 

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deep cleaning composite decking

Power washing a deck - photo by Olger Fallas Painting (via Flickr)

One of the biggest advantages that composite decking has over traditional types of decking and one of the main reasons why it has become so popular amongst homeowners is the extremely low-maintenance properties that it offers. 

Its minimal upkeep requirements mean that when it comes to cleaning, it doesn't take much effort at all to remove any dirt that may have built up and keep looking good. But when it comes to deep cleaning your composite deck, what exactly is required? 

In this blog, we take a look at the deep cleaning requirements of composite decking and the things you'll need to do to keep your deck in tip-top shape!

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Outdoor decking for a bar in London

We've all got things we're looking forward to doing when the current lockdown restrictions are eased - and for a lot of Brits, a long-overdue trip to the pub is right at the top of the list!

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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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