Our hard-wearing, slip-resistant decking is intended to be enjoyed all year round, so Christmas is the perfect time to add a special little something to your home and garden. Granted, we're not saying you'll be sitting out there enjoying a glass of mulled wine in the not-so-great British weather, but, it does make for a pretty amazing platform to show off your decorating skills this Christmas.
Here are just a couple of ideas to 'deck out' your decking this Christmas, adding a dose of festive fun to your outdoor space:
A Real Christmas Tree
It's simple but effective, all you need is a solid base and some (ideally solar-powered) fairy lights and you're good to go! As we like to be as tree-friendly as possible here at TimberTech, we would also encourage you to ensure that your tree is provided by the British Christmas Tree Growers Association and that you do not let it become part of the 90% of trees that end up in a landfill this year. Many councils allow you to compost them, so be sure to look for your nearest recycling point once the festive season has come to an end.
Icicle Curtain Christmas Lights
This Christmas Decorations Outlet stock some lovely, draped icicle lights, in a range of tones and lengths to suit your needs. We think they would look fantastic draped over one of our glass balustrades.
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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.
TimberTech decking looks great on its own, but if you want the complete outdoor living experience, there are plenty of outdoor living products available that will make your deck an even lovelier place to be! Here at TimberTech, we offer all kinds of gorgeous garden products, so if you’re planning to spend more time out the back now that spring has arrived, they’re the perfect people to visit.
Our outdoor living range covers everything from garden furniture to plant pots, as well as a collection of exquisite oil torches and superb garden structures. They really do have everything you need to create the perfect outdoor living space, and customising your garden is a fantastic way to spend a weekend!
So once you’ve got your decking, why not deck it out? All of our products are top-quality, great-looking, and designed to withstand everything this country’s climate can throw at it.