Relax in your garden
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