By Yves Florence. Garden Patio. Published at Sunday, May 06th, 2018 - 08:38:38 AM.
Low-voltage lighting that saves energy and softly lights up your yard is still the best way to enhance your outdoor living spaces. Strategically placed lights that shine into the branches of trees gives them a sculptural quality. Soft but effective light splashing on the pathways leading to your pool, on steps and near your patio will allow you to safely maneuver around your yard without tripping over things such as planter boxes, shrubs and furniture.
When you are laying out an outdoor room, protect your back with a hedge, wall, flower bed or tree, and face out to give yourself a view.
Starting at the house and going with the grain or the length of the boards, sweep the deck with the pressurized water, overlapping as you go along to help prevent streaks. Raise the nozzle of the power washer several feet off the surface of the deck and maintain this height to prevent gouging the wood surfaces. This method is slower and requires more strokes as you clean the deck, but it does the job. Be sure to also clean the railings, posts and stairs.
Pressure-treated wood decks, exotic woods like ipe or decks made of wood-like composite materials such as Trex are generally built around above-ground pools, but there is no hard or fast rule.
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