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Opting to install a deck in your outdoor space is a great decision, but the decking doesn't have to be the only part of your garden that you use. A resplendent garden deck and a verdant green lawn can live side-by-side in harmony - they serve different purposes, and using the two together could easily make for the greatest garden imaginable!

So what's the best way to do it? Many people opt to use their deck as an extension of their home, installing it directly adjacent to their property and perhaps adding some bifolding doors to create a nice transition between the two. A table and a couple of chairs is all it takes to transform the deck into the perfect outdoor seating area; a great place to relax on a sunny, with a book in one hand and a glass of something cold in the other.

The rest of the garden can be used as...well, a garden! You can add plants and flowers around the borders to make it a little more beautiful, while the lawn itself will make a great place for your children to play. And if you don't have any children, you'll find that the world is full of great ways to decorate a bare garden lawn; from statues to water features to garden arches, there are all kinds of options for the budding exterior designer!

So instead of replacing your garden altogether, why not simply use decking to add an attractive extra dimension? Adding a TimberTech deck is a fantastic way to get the most from your outdoor space!

Most of our composite garden decking is designed to look as close to wood as possible, but wood-style decking isn't the only string on our bow! We like to branch out occasionally, and Slate Garden Decking is the perfect example of a beautiful decking design that doesn't just imitate ordinary wood.

This gorgeously modern garden decking still has those authentic, wooden-looking lines that define all of our decking boards, but the eye-catching metallic colour really serves to set it apart. It's great for a contemporary-looking garden, and we think that the slate-style garden decking would go especially well with our cable railing system. Slate-style decking and stainless steel cables - now that's a seriously sleek combination!

Don't worry if you're not keen on the cables, though, because slate-style decking also looks rather nice when paired with our glass balustrade system. In fact, you don't really need a rail at all if you don't want one - the slate garden decking looks delightful no matter what you do with it. We love the old-fashioned wood look, but we're equally smitten with the magnificently modern appearance that the slate-style decking provides.

Composite decking is far more versatile than other kinds of garden decking. It doesn't need as much maintenance as hardwood decking, and it's sturdier than PVC; whether you opt for this stylish slate decking or one of our more traditional wood-style products, composite decking really is the perfect choice!

Decking may feel like an extension of your indoor space, but if you’re of a green-fingered nature then you’ll almost certainly want to treat your deck as part of your garden. And that’s great – we do call it garden decking, after all! There are all kinds of great ways to work a bit of greenery into your patio; here are some plants that we feel to be particularly well-suited to a life on deck:

  • Yucca
    The proud green leaves of a potted yucca plant complement the woody brown colour of our composite decking rather well. It's a fairly neutral colour scheme, but if you're a big fan of natural beauty then you can't go far wrong by arranging a few gorgeous green plants on your deck.
  • Bougainvillea
    If, on the other hand, you like your flowers bright and your colours bold, a bouquet of bedazzling bougainvillea is probably the best way to beautify your back garden. While these flowers are available in a range of different colours, pink and purple tend to be the most common choices, which is great news if your tastes are bright and girly!
  • Lavender
    There are a couple of things which make lavender a lovely addition to a garden deck. Those little purple buds look pretty, of course, but the wonderful, soothing scent is just as big a part of their appeal. If you want a fragrant place to relax, a few pots of lavender (and perhaps some rosemary) will turn your deck into a heavenly herb garden.

These are merely suggestions; more or less any plant will make a fine addition to your patio. Whether you prefer shrubs or sunflowers, there's endless scope for a bit of deck decoration - and don't forget that the pots and containers can be just as beautiful as the plants!

Spring is here! Well, okay, it isn't here quite yet, but the evenings are getting noticeably lighter and it's hard not to get just a wee bit excited for the clocks going forward, even if it's not for a few weeks yet.

If you're an outdoorsy sort of person, watching your sparse winter garden blossom into a beautiful spring garden is one of the best parts of the year. Flowers bloom, leaves return to the trees, and everything generally starts to look a little bit lovelier.

Still if you want your spring garden to look even more beautiful, why not add some decking? A deck can completely alter the way a garden looks, creating a multi-level effect and giving your outdoor space a gorgeous centrepiece. A couple of chairs on the deck will give you the perfect place to sit and survey your work after a hard day's gardening, and you can even cover the deck with potted plants to add even more beauty to your outdoor living space!

Whether surrounded by shrubbery or dotted with daffodils, a deck can give you all sorts of new ways to enjoy your spring garden. In short, if you want to get the most out of your garden this spring, TimberTech decking is the perfect way to do it!

Decking isn't just for summer, and just because the leaves are turning orange doesn't mean your deck has to go into hibernation until March. A deck makes a great place to relax no matter what time of year it is, and popping out onto the decking every once in a while is a great way to combat the cooped-up winter blues.

Some decking requires a great deal of preparation for winter; staining, sealing, and several other procedures are needed to reinforce the wood against the elements. Composite decking, of course, is far more durable, and as long as you keep it clean and tidy, you can rest assured that your deck will still be in top condition when spring finally rolls around.

So whether we get an Indian summer or just a long, cold winter, there'll always be time to stand out on your deck and watch the seasons change. Autumn, with its distinctive colours and smells, is a beautiful time of year, so make sure you get out of the house every once in a while and experience it.

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