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How To Use Decking To Level Up Your Sloped Garden

 

Introduction:

Do you have a sloped garden that you're finding it hard to use? Do you want a solution that not only levels up your garden but also adds a decorative touch? Look no further than decking! Decking is a fantastic way to create a flat surface in your sloped garden while turning it into a comfortable seating area or a functional space. In this blog post, we'll be exploring the best ways to use decking in your sloped garden, helping you to create a beautiful outdoor space that you, your family, and friends can enjoy.

 

Analyse the slope of your garden

Before you start installing your decking, it's essential to analyse the slope of your garden. Decking works best when the slope is moderate with a maximum gradient of 20%. Otherwise, you'll need to level the area, which might incur additional costs. If you have a more challenging slope, consider using planters to create a multi-level garden.

 

Choose the right decking materials

The right materials can make all the difference in how your decking turns out. Consider the location and weather elements of your garden when choosing decking materials. For example, if your garden is prone to a lot of rain, choose decking materials like composite decking, which is moisture-resistant and low-maintenance. Hardwood decking is another excellent choice as it is sturdy and has natural resistance to weather elements.

 

Opt for a raised deck

Raised decking is an excellent option for sloped gardens. It allows you to have a level surface, and the height adds a feature to your garden. You can opt for a single-level raised deck or a multi-level design with steps. It's quite easy to create this design, and you can use posts to support the decking or timber blocks if the ground is uneven.

 

Incorporate Steps and Ramps

Steps and ramps are a vital part of your decking design as it allows you to access your decking area easily. Incorporating ramps and steps also helps in creating separation zones in your garden. You can create steps using the decking materials, or you can opt for timber blocks. Ramps also make it easier to move items like garden furniture or lawnmowers to your decking area.

 

Dress it up with plants and lighting

Finally, add the finishing touches to your decking by dressing it up with plants and lighting. Potted plants, mason jars, and lanterns add a touch of sophistication to your outdoor space. Ensure that the plants you choose are suited to the environment, and they thrive well. Additionally, lighting can be used to create ambiance and highlight the key features of your decking design. Solar lights work well in outdoor spaces and are cost-effective.

 

Conclusion:

Transforming a sloped garden using decking is an excellent project that can add value to your outdoor space. Analyse the slope of your garden, choose the right decking materials, opt for a raised deck, incorporate steps, and ramps, and dress it up with plants and lighting. These are the key steps to follow when using decking to level up your sloped garden. With lots of creativity and patience, your garden can become a beautiful outdoor area that you and your loved ones can enjoy for years to come.

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