Decking garden design ideas
Decking in the garden is a practical and hard-wearing ground cover. Here are some ideas to give you inspiration for the best materials for garden decking and how to enhance your garden design. By garden designer Andrew Wilson
Garden decking can be a wonderful element to add to a garden design. It's a great option if you want a space to entertain in the garden, but would rather not choose paving or gravel. Decking allows old unsightly paving to be covered up, and can lead the eye, and any garden visitors through to another area of the garden. Timber is the traditional material for decking but there are other options on the market, just be wary of following design trends. Good design and fashion are two completely different concepts, but they are not mutually exclusive; fashions and trends affect the choices we make and provide us with signs of our times. Technological advances in materials can change the designer’s palette and transform the appearance of our houses and gardens. Below you'll find decking ideas and advice and how to get the most from your garden decking, from materials to maintenance.
How to use decking in the garden
How to choose the right timber for your decking
What to consider before fixing decking in place
Practical decking considerations: damp and slippery surfaces
Caring for your timber decking
Creating the perfect finish on your timber decking
KEY POINTS TO TAKE AWAY
- Timber used for decking should be certified as coming from renewable plantations with a transparent trail from source to end product, including a Forest Certification scheme.
- Site decking where it will gain maximum exposure to the sun – this will help to dry out any surface moisture on the deck. The shorter days and lower suns of winter provide the moist conditions for algae to thrive.
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