Garden decking is an excellent way to change the appearance of a dull garden in a very short time. It is easily maintained and you can make much more use of your garden all year round. As lawns are a lot of hard work such as regular cutting in summer months, weeding and replacing lost grass, garden decking once installed needs minimum amount of attention. Pot plants placed strategically on the decking can give you privacy from neighbours especially when you are entertaining. It is ideal for container gardening and if you intend growing vegetables in containers there is not as much stooping down to feed and water your plants.
You will find that you enjoy your gardening more from the luxury of your new decking. If you are lucky enough to have the sunniest part of the garden next to your house it will be a lot easier to have the decking installed next to the back wall of the house.
Garden decking is not difficult to install and can be placed on the existing path or grass so there is not too much back breaking work involved. Depending on the area to be covered this can be done in one or two days. If you want to be more adventurous and extend the decking or even have raised decking it would be advisable to employ an expert for this kind of work. Your local garden centre usually have names of people who can help with this.
You can also add to your garden decking at a later stage as you find that you are utilising the space a lot more than you did with an ordinary lawn. You can also incorporate the decking with any existing features such as a gravel path or paving slabs. To extend the life of your decking it is important to maintain it properly. It can also become slippery after a rainfall so make sure you use the correct products to prevent this. Once installed you will find that you are spending a lot more time in your garden in summer.
If children are going to play in the decking area a lot make sure that you have the right strength joists to support the rough and tumble. Safety rails and wooden steps are easy to install. If you are going to cover the entire garden area it would be a good idea to cover the garden with a weed preventive covering which you can get readily in most DIY shops.