By Eliane Raphael. Garden Patio. Published at Thursday, April 05th, 2018 - 06:33:26 AM.
After the deck is stained, you should apply a topical sealer, which will help keep out moisture. Some stains have a built-in sealer, allowing you to skip this step, but ask at the store which one is right for your deck. You apply the topical coat the same way you would apply a deck stain using a synthetic brush or roller.
All decks need maintenance at some point, and this is especially true for wood decks. Because of their natural properties, wood decks are prime targets for surface mold, mildew and discoloration over time. Decks built in a shady backyard or in very humid climates are especially prone to mold and mildew buildup because they rarely dry completely after a rainstorm. If your deck suffers from mold or mildew, there are several ways to restore it to nearly new.
Lighting is also important when you want to create an inviting courtyard that takes on a magical feel after dark. Twinkling light strings in trees, along walls or on trellises make every evening a festive occasion. Candles enhance intimacy, and paper lanterns invite a party. Choose lights that support your courtyard garden’s theme. Illuminate key features, like a fountain, and always light walkways for safety.
Make a small courtyard seem larger by including mirrors. A wall mirror can effectively double the perceived depth of a narrow courtyard garden. Or consider using a series of mirrors along a wall to mimic windows.
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