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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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While gardening, in general, may seem like the most accessible route to a greener home, how you design your outdoor space can have a notable effect on how eco-friendly it is.

From the use of chemical-pesticides to removing precious trees, certain actions within the garden landscape can have a profoundly negative impact on the environment around you.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can counteract this and make your garden the ultimate scene for going green.

 

eco friendly garden ideas

 

Greendependence

When it comes to giving back to their environment, self-sufficiency is the perfect way to save energy and resources while saving the planet at the same time. Here are a few ways you can make the most of what you have at your disposal and take one step closer to garden independence.

 

Upcycle Old Goods

One of the most effective ways to reduce waste is to reuse what you already have. Luckily, when it comes to the garden, there are a wide variety of ways to make the most of what you’ve already got and repurpose your old goods with a new lease of life.

With a little creativity and a bit of elbow grease, older items that are past their prime can be completely revitalised by gaining permanent residence in your garden. Turning an old chair or table into garden furniture is an easy transition and can be as simple as adding a new coat of paint.

Meanwhile, a wide variety of items can be repurposed as garden planters, from wheelbarrows and metal washtubs to chandeliers and birdcages – the list is limited only to the confines of your creativity. Even an old tyre can make an effective planter!

 

Water Collection

As far as recycling goes, water collection is a great place to start. It’s simple, requires very little effort and your source material literally falls from the sky. All you have to do is disperse it when needed!

If you are an avid gardener, watering your plants is a chore you will already be familiar with. On the other hand, if you are new to the gardening game and looking to dip your toe in the water, it helps if that water is already there waiting.

Collecting water saves on tap water and makes for the perfect way to water your new upcycled garden planters. Water butt kits can be found at any good hardware store, while a variety can also be found online.

 

Grow a Pear

What better way to take a give back to the environment and gain a great sense of achievement at the same time than by planting your own fruit and veg in your own garden?

Growing your own fruit and veg not only reduces your impact on the environment but, from an economic standpoint, it’s considerably cheaper too.

Meanwhile, there are also a number of eco-friendly benefits to growing your own food too. With zero transportation and potentially no pesticide use involved, your garden could well be the perfect place to turn your kitchen green.

 

Eco-Friendly Decking

When it comes to eco-friendly garden ideas, composite decking is an environmentally-friendly option that not only looks good but does good too. At TimberTech, we go the extra mile to make sure your composite decking is as green as can be.

 

Waste Not, Want Not

Made from a unique blend of recycled hardwood and pure polymer resins, our deck boards fit the eco-friendly edict of reuse and repurpose in the pursuit of waste reduction.

Unlike traditional wood decking products, no trees are felled in the production of our composite deck boards and all of our wood materials come from reclaimed wood.

Meanwhile, 50% of the polymer used is also the result of recycling, creating an end-product that boasts a composition that’s made up of 73% recycled materials in total.

 

Long-Term Investment

The durable qualities of our composite decking products make them a one-time purchase for many homeowners, further benefitting the environment by negating the need for additional decking in the foreseeable future.

What’s more, TimberTech composite decking requires no painting, sealing or staining throughout its lifecycle making the use of harmful chemicals completely unnecessary, further contributing to the environment.

 

Sustainably-Sourced

Our end goal is to ultimately make TimberTech products from 95% recycled materials and, we’re pleased to say that this isn’t too far off.

A number of our newest additions scheduled for release this year are made from 100% recycled resin, comprising of items that once served as shampoo bottles, milk jugs and plastic wrap.

Meanwhile, our manufacturing process has also been given the eco-friendly treatment as well, with 99% of the waste material being reclaimed for reuse.

Even the packaging we use to house our products is made from recycled materials and is itself 100% recyclable.

 

So, there you have it: a few eco-friendly garden ideas to help you contribute to a healthier planet today. For more information on eco-friendly garden ideas or to find out more about sustainable composite decking from TimberTech, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 029 2080 3756 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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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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Are you looking to replace an old deck or fit a new one? We are making it affordable for you to get good quality composite decking with our April sale offer. You can now buy our EasyClean Terrain deck boards at a discounted price. Composite decking provides many benefits like versatility and long life. This April, we are giving homeowners and other customers the opportunity to install our Easy Clean composite decks at a fraction of the price. You can buy TimberTech’s deck boards at £48.57 per square metre +VAT. The recommended retail price is £69.39 per m2 +VAT, so that means you save £20.82 per m2. The boards are available in stone ash, birch and elm.

 



What is EasyClean Terrain Decking?

TimberTech’s EasyClean Terrain deck boards are made with revolutionary technology to provide consumers with a durable decking option. The boards have a polymer sleeve that protects the surface against moisture. Capped decking is easy to clean because it does not allow spillages to penetrate. You can get rid of spills by simply wiping your garden deck with a damp cloth, which reduces the maintenance that your deck requires during its lifespan. The protective sleeve eliminates the risk of staining, which is a big concern with garden decks. The deck boards have a standard stain/fade cover and a thirty-year warranty. Take advantage of TimberTech’s April sale to install this reliable and trouble-free decking in your home. 

 



What You Get

When you buy our EasyClean Terrain deck boards, you get the option of four colours – elm, silver maple, stone ash and birch. If you are aiming for that natural-wood appearance in your garden decking, elm, and birch provide that. The silver maple hue is achieved by repeating the manufacturing process on the deck boards for that duo-tone effect. The two-colour theme of this particular hue is perfect if you want a trendy-looking deck*. 

We offer two profiles of our garden decking. There is the grooved profile, which is designed to match with our patented CONCEALoc fastening system. The fasteners are hard to spot, which adds to the aesthetics of the decking. Buyers can also get the ungrooved edge deck boards, which need screws of the same colour as the decking for face fixing. 

 



The EasyClean Terrain deck boards from TimberTech are resistant to fading and don’t necessitate regular treatment to maintain their appearance. You won’t have to spend money on products or time applying them on your garden decking to keep it from discolouring. This property makes our EasyClean Terrain decking ideal for the busy homeowner. 

Each deck board is 4.8m in length, 138mm in width and 24m in height. The capped boards do not trap dust or dirt, which improves their durability. The less you have to clean your garden decking, the longer it lasts. Because TimberTech’s EasyClean Terrain decking is water resistant, you can install it next to your pool or under a tree without worrying about warping, rotting or other moisture related issues. Capitalise on these advantages with our April sale of EasyClean Terrain deck boards.

*Silver Maple decking is not included in the April offer

 

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Looking to improve your garden by creating the perfect space to unwind and entertain outdoors on a warm evening? TimberTech's EasyClean Ashwood decking and glass balustrade offer the ideal pairing to bring this fantastic garden feature to your home. 


Ashwood decking

TimberTech's Ashwood decking comes in a beautiful silver-grey colour and a huge range of fashionable garden designs. If silver grey is not your thing, the decking is available in mocha and tigerwood too. You also have a choice of a grooved or ungrooved profile. This decking is perfect for busy homeowners with an eye for contemporary fashion. 

 



Like all of TimberTech's products, the gorgeous silver boards of the Ashwood decking require virtually no maintenance at all. Every board is fitted with a wraparound coating that keeps moisture out, and makes it very easy to clean up in the event of a spill. The wrapping makes this decking perfect for the merciless British weather; whatever Mother Nature throws at it; the decking will stay looking lovely for years to come. 

The boards are 24mm thick with each board having dimensions of 4.8m by 136mm. TimberTech provides a 25-year warranty with fade and stain cover included. 

Glass Balustrade

The perfect partner to the Ashwood decking is Timbertech's glass and stainless-steel balustrade. This balustrade adds a modern feel to the decking and is both elegant and extremely functional. The style will fit in with any kind of home whether you're in the country, in the city or at the seaside.

 


The glass panels give you a great view of your garden, with the stainless-steel handrail finishing the design in striking form. Plus, every post comes with a base plate cover which hides the fixings and gives every part of the balustrade an extra bit of shine. 

Not only is this product beautiful and functional, it's also exceedingly strong. The handrail, made of satin polished marine grade 316 stainless steel, is much stronger than any wooden equivalent. The glass panels are 10mm thick with toughened ultra-strong glass that will never shatter. 

 



The balustrade is modular and so very easy to assemble. Each post is 48mm across. Maximum post centres are 1200mm. Glass panels of up to 1400mm can be added. The handrail can be fitted with rigid saddle supports or jointed so you can fit stairs. 

If you want to find out more about Timbertech's products, call 02920803756.

 

 

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