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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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