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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?

Relaxing in the garden

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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.

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Autumn arrived some weeks ago, and winter is already on its way. But does the inevitable cold weather mean that we should all stop going outside? Does it heck! We at TimberTech believe that time is better spent outside; you’re welcome to stay at home with a blanket and a mug of hot chocolate if you’d prefer, but the rest of us are going to zip up our jackets and continue to enjoy the great outdoors as per usual. The hot chocolate will taste all the better afterwards!

Of course, autumn’s outdoor activities are rather different from those that summer has to offer. But there’s still plenty to do beyond your front door, and no matter who you’re out with, you need never be short of diversions on a crisp autumn day. Here are a few fun ways to fill the coming weekend:

  • If you have children...
    Britain’s autumn weather may not be as inviting as the sweltering summer climate we experienced this year, but if your kids are happy to brave the cold, the world will be their playground for the next month or so. They can search for conkers, collect pine cones, spot the squirrels getting ready for winter, and – of course - scrunch through piles of fallen leaves.

  • If you're with a group of friends...
    Drive out to the countryside (or walk, if you live in a reasonably rural area already) and search for blackberries to pick. Once you’ve got a good haul, head back to someone’s house and turn the fruit of your labour into a delicious crumble! Ideally, at least one member of your party will be a semi-talented chef, but even if you’re clueless in the kitchen, you can still enjoy the thrill of spotting and harvesting a particularly juicy blackberry.

  • If it's just you and that special someone...
    Find your nearest park and go for a romantic walk. The world really is rather beautiful at this time of year, and it's even better when you're arm-in-arm with someone you love. Oh, and no matter how old you are, scrunching through piles of fallen leaves never ceases to be exceptionally enjoyable. It's up there with bubble wrap.

  • If you're on your own...
    Just grab your iPod (other portable music devices are available), put your headphones on (we recommend big, over-ear headphones since they double as earmuffs) and go outside for a bit. By the end of your music-assisted constitutional, you'll feel enriched and ecstatic. Give it a try, and have a great weekend!

At Timbertech, we like to think that we are committed to outdoor living, and promoting healthy outdoor lifestyles. This may seem like a lot easier task come the summer; the sunshine seems to bring people out in swarms, but we'd like to see people enjoying the benefits of outdoor living now in the Autumn!

We think our whole outdoor lifestyle philosophy is too summer-centric - this is a shame, as in blighty we don't really get much of one, do we? Not only that, but if you're only willing to explore the outdoors in the summer, then you're going to be cooped up for 9 months of the year, and that surely that can't be healthy! Here are a few of our tips to enjoying the outdoors post-August time!

- Make Occasions Alfresco

Okay, eating outside in December and January may seem more Alfrosto than Alfresco, but there are still opportune moments! Halloween and Bonfire nights provide ample opportunities for making the most of your outdoor space. Instead of watching the fireworks and then going in, wrap up warm, light a fire, and enjoy everybody else's dazzling displays too!

- Dress Up Hot

We are sure most of you enjoy dressing up hotly all-year-round, but in Autumn, it can really help you to get up out of that house, and inhale some fresh Autumnal fumes! We suggest lots of layers, and gloves and hats for warming those extremities!

- Enjoy All Seasons

This one is more of a mind switch, than a practical one, but in many ways this is the most important obstacle. You need to find beauty and tranquillity in all of the seasons; it's all very longing for a hot summers evening, but we find the backdrop of an autumnal forest scattered with red and rusty palettes of leaves just as exciting!

It's quite simple really, stick on some warm clothing, light up an outdoor fire, and embrace Autumn for the beautiful season that it is!

 

 

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.

If you want to give your deck a stylish, modern edge, installing a glistening glass balustrade around the perimeter is a great way to go about it. A glass balustrade from TimberTech will endow your outdoor living space with a sleek, ultra-contemporary look and, like tying a ribbon around a gift, it makes a lovely finishing touch for your decking.

The clear glass panels of a glass balustrade don't block out any light, ensuring that your decking is superbly lit and that you have a great view of your garden. The clean, straight vertical lines of the balustrade complement the lines of the decking perfectly, and together they will make your outdoor living space look as beautiful as it can be!

So give your deck the gift of a glass balustrade. It's the perfect way to round off your decking, and it gives your garden the feel of a truly modern outdoor living space.

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