COME OUT­SIDE

Re­lax in your gar­den

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Contents -

DECK­ING TIPS FROM THE GHI

◆ Don’t al­low leaves to build up on deck­ing as this can cause rot.

◆ Mois­ture can pro­mote mould growth, even on wood that’s been treated – and that makes the sur­face slip­pery. Sweep deck­ing to re­move any grime, then use a pro­pri­etary deck­ing cleaner so­lu­tion.

◆ Deck­ing made of hard­wood (teak, cedar, ma­hogany or oak) does not usu­ally need pre­serv­ing, but a wipe over with teak oil twice a year will help pre­serve colour. Softer woods (pine, ash, elm and beech) re­quire more TLC. Ap­ply a pro­pri­etary wood preser­va­tive, fol­lowed by a var­nish.

Hang­ing chair, £500; Aure­lie cush­ion, £22; lanterns, £16 for small and £50 for large; ac­ces­sories, from a se­lec­tion, all Deben­hams

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