Basic Deck Ideas to Transform Outdoor Spaces

Brendan Wetzel owns and manages Yardley Landscaping and Paving Company, which he established 10 years ago to serve customers in and around Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Brendan Wetzel has developed in-depth knowledge about the best lawn-care techniques and can also assist homeowners seeking to install water systems, build garden structures, or add a deck.

A well-designed deck will not only enhance the beauty and interest of a yard. It can expand a home’s living space and offer an ideal spot for entertaining or relaxing. Adding a deck is typically one of the most cost-effective home renovation projects.

A wide range of deck designs are available, and these can be customized to suit individual needs. A basic deck offers a solid floor and shaded overhang, both of which can be constructed in multiple shapes and sizes.

For example, the popular open-lattice structure offers privacy while letting in a pleasant breeze. A latticed deck roof similarly provides both sun protection and breeziness. The option of adding climbing vines can enhance a structure’s attractiveness.

Moreover, a deck’s railings can ensure safety and enhance visual appeal. They can be fashioned from wood, tubular piping, resin, and many other types of materials in shapes that are built to suit your space. Adding tempered glass panels provides another level of comfort and style.

Preparing Soil for Planting in a Garden Bed

A resident of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Brendan Wetzel leads the corporate and residential landscaping business Yardley Landscaping and Paving Company. Through his business, Brendan Wetzel assists clients with everything from hedge trimming and fertilization to garden bed installation and maintenance.

Poor soil quality in a garden bed can have a significant impact on the overall health and growth of the plants in it. Yet, many gardeners fail to realize how important soil quality truly is.

The first step in improving the soil quality is to evaluate what type of soil is in your garden bed. This involves considering the texture of the soil, its density, and its propensity to clump together. Depending on how your soil behaves, you can figure out its general particle mixture. For instance, clay soils are dense and hold moisture better, while silts are tightly packed and impede air circulation.

After you have identified the type of soil you have, you can add in the minerals and nutrients that the soil is lacking. For clay soils, mineral particles found in sandy soils and silts must be added to create a more balanced mixture.

Beyond balancing the soil mixture, you must break the soil up using a hoe or tiller. These tools loosen the top layers of soil and enable water, fertilizer, and air to reach further down. Tilling the soil also encourages the roots of the plants to grow deeper. You must break up about 6 to 8 inches of soil to mix in any added organic materials, as well.

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