How to answer that age old question: which came first—the deck or the landscaping? Ok, maybe the question doesn’t date back that far, but I’ll bet I’m not the only one who’s asking it! Whether you have a clean slate with a new deck on bare land or you’re building a new deck around established vegetation, your options are wide open when it comes to blending your deck with your landscape.
Considering that your deck just might be the most important connection between your house and your property (whew, talk about pressure!), you ideally want your landscaping and deck to work together rather than compete with one another. No matter if you’re building around existing landscaping or starting from scratch, here are some landscape suggestions to make sure your deck looks like it’s a natural part of your property.
Build your deck around existing landscaping. What do you do when you want to build a new deck and there’s a magnificent 200-year-old oak tree right in the middle of your back yard? Build your deck around it of course, making the tree the focal point of your outdoor space.
Incorporate flower boxes and planters. Maybe your deck overlooks a beautiful English garden with sweeps of color like black-eyed Susans, pink climbing roses, or lush purple lavender. You have a moral imperative to plant some of those flowers on your deck too! Carrying through the theme of your garden onto your deck in flower boxers or planters is a great way to blend the property with the deck.
Transition with concrete edging. If your deck abruptly ends in a grass yard, consider using concrete curb edging to easily blend the edge of the grass with the deck platform. You can also use river rocks, pea gravel, or mulch to help define the area.
When your backyard is water. Not all homes have a backyard to step out into. And that’s a good thing! You can incorporate some plants and flower boxes on your deck for some vegetation options. A crisp white railing adds an extra nautical flavor to your design to appropriately blend with your water view.
During the deck and landscape design phase, always keep in mind the view from your deck, and make sure you position the deck so you can look at your landscaping from all sides—be it water or land! Thanks for reading!
Apparently winter is the new spring, and I’m not complaining for a second. Hi all, it’s Martin here with you this week and these awesome warm temperatures have been keeping me busy outdoors working on projects that I’d normally put off until April—like replacing rotting wood trim on my workshop. When I first bought my house a couple of years ago, the first thing I did was upgrade all of the old wood trim on the exterior to Inteplast’s PVC trim products. I put off upgrading the workshop until now.
So, I know there are some die-hard wood enthusiasts out there who would consider it a sacrilege to use anything but traditional lumber trim products on their homes—or workshops—because I used to be one of them. But after years of scraping, puttying, repainting, or replacing, I decided I wanted to spend more time enjoying life than repairing stuff. And when I discovered that the beauty and workability of Inteplast Building Products matched, and beat, that of traditional wood products, I was a convert, and here’s why.
First and foremost, because they’re made of pure PVC, Inteplast’s trim products won’t rot, split, crack, splinter, or absorb water. They’re also resistant to termites and other destruction and annoying pests. All of this means you won’t have the maintenance headaches of real wood, so you get to enjoy your outdoor living and working spaces more often!
Of course, for a DIY freak like me, one of my main reasons for using Inteplast’s PVC trim is its workability. It installs just like real wood products using your standard woodworking tools. You can also create some one-of-a-kind architecture shapes and curves because Inteplast Building Products Trim is bendable, unlike natural wood. Of course that would require you to use some advanced heat-bending process tools, which, let’s face it, would be awesome.
The one thing you don’t have to give up is the beauty of real wood. Inteplast uses an embossing technology so the wood grain stays intact even after heat bending. And through the state-of-the-art Edge Seal Technology, the trim boards are fully sealed on all four sides for a smooth, dirt, and stain-free surface. The PVC trim products are also flame retardant, and their compliant with national building codes to prevent fire flame spread.
Inteplast Building Products Trim is available in two categories--Celuka and Freefoam—and is the perfect sustainable wood-alternative for window and door trim, and decorative millwork. Use them anywhere you want to add decorative curb appeal, or low-key places like a workshop that you just want to keep maintenance free.
Hope that answers any questions you’ve got about the benefits of PVC trim products. Enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasts. Harley’s already cooling off in the pond and it’s not even March. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)