With the summer now over, it is time to leave the memories of long lazy summer evenings spent on the patio or decking behind us. A patio or decking area is an integral part of any garden and is often considered to be the focal point of a garden and so, it is important that you keeping it looking its best.
After a busy summer, now is the time to give your patio or decking the once-over before the weather takes a turn for the worse. Taking care of it now will ensure that it looks its best when spring arrives and it will mean that you won’t have to spend so much time working on it at a time when you could be enjoying it, so how can you take care of your patio or decking?
After the summer months, even when it has been warm, it is important that you pay attention to those areas of the patio that are located within six inches of wet or damp soil, drainpipes or planters.
Now is the time to look for signs of rot by checking any posts, stairs and boards. If the decking wood is soft and you can push a screwdriver in by around a quarter of an inch, then rot is likely to have set in and so, now is the time to replace. If you choose to not replace it, it could mean that further damage could be caused or the decking could actually collapse when it is being used.
If your decking is attached to your house, then you need to pay attention to this. To do so, get a torch and inspect the frame where it attaches to the house. Check the joists, posts, railings and beams and all hardware, especially the joist hangers, replacing any that are suffering from rust. This is the time where you need to probe for signs of rot.
Check the grout in your patio as the heat and cold from the summer months previously can cause this to crack and become loose. If this is the case then it is time to carry out repair work.
Now that Autumn is upon us and winter is just around the corner, now is the time to wash and seal your decking or patio. Sealing the decking will ensure that it is protected from damp while washing the patio will remove any algae, moss and grime.
If your decking or patio is surrounded by bushes or trees then do all you can to keep them around 12 inches away from the area as this can help to prevent or slow down the growth of mould, rot and moss. If there is debris or leave, then consider removing all of this as they can break down and speed up the rotting process.
Finally, consider moving any planters, furniture, and chairs to prevent the decking or patios from discolouring.
Taking the time to care for your patio or decking will ensure that your garden remains looking great throughout the depths of winter.