Making the Most of Your Deck This Summer

If you’ve installed a deck at your home or rental property, it’s a considerable investment that adds to the value of your property. Adding plants and creative outdoor lighting will help you make the most of this space.

Plants are an easy and inexpensive way to add color to your deck. Do some research online or ask a local gardening store about what kinds of containers and plants are best for your area. This is a great time of year to get started in most climates!

Hanging planters are another way to add color and flair to your deck. Local gardening stores sell hanging baskets already planted with a variety of plants and flowers, or you can create your own by selecting flowers and plants that work with your climate and design plan.

Create a railing planter by using materials that are left over from building your deck, or buy new materials and stain them to match your deck.

Consider installing some lighting on your deck. Options include lamps over the corner posts, small lights at the base of each post, step lights or umbrella lights. Check out a home improvement store to look at different options and styles.

All wood decks should be stained to protect them from sun and water damage. Always make sure the wood is clean and dry before you get started, and then follow the directions on the container. Don’t get started if rain is in the forecast – most stains need several hours to dry after application.

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