How to Landscape Around a Deck

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A deck is the connector between a house and a backyard so the landscape around it is important. There is landscaping software available to help you create a design, but it's actually simple to do on your own. Think of it as the entry to your yard and blend colors and materials from the house that will make a smooth transition into the backyard habitat.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Lattice
  • Stone pavers
  • Evaluate the soil around your deck before purchasing any plants. The condition of the soil is critical to successful gardening and may determine what types of plants you use.

  • Install lattice around the deck if there is a gap between the deck and the ground. It will present a nice background for your plants and flowers.

  • Choose plants that bloom at different times of the year so that you will have some color in your landscape all season long. Be sure to consider the amount of sun the area gets when selecting plants. If you wind up with large patches that are mostly green, you can add color around the beds with annual flowers.

  • Use plants of different heights to make a smooth transition from the deck to the ground. Plant tall flowers and shrubs close to the deck and decrease the height as you get closer to the grass.

  • Lay a stone path either off the deck leading to the yard or through the landscaping creating a garden path. Stone walkways add functionality as well as beauty to any landscape project.

Tips & Warnings

  • When choosing perennial plants, smaller ones are cheaper, but they take longer to mature. If your budget allows for it, spring for the larger sizes.

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