Winter Decking Blues.
Maintaining garden decking during the winter months is important to keep it in good condition and prevent any damage or deterioration due to cold temperatures, snow, ice, and moisture. Here are some steps you can take to maintain your garden decking during the winter months:
- Keep the decking clean: Sweep away any debris, leaves, and dirt regularly. Wet debris can cause the decking to rot, and leaves can cause staining. Use a stiff brush or power washer to clean the decking thoroughly, but make sure the decking is dry before doing so.
- Prevent water damage: Use a waterproof sealant to protect the decking from water damage. Apply the sealant before the winter months, and reapply as needed. Make sure the sealant is completely dry before applying it.
- Remove snow: If there is snow on the decking, use a plastic shovel or a broom with soft bristles to remove it. Avoid using metal shovels or tools as they can scratch the decking.
- Prevent ice formation: Ice can cause the decking to become slippery and dangerous. To prevent ice formation, use salt or sand on the decking. Avoid using chemicals or de-icers as they can damage the decking.
- Check for damage: Inspect the decking regularly for any damage or signs of wear and tear. Replace any damaged boards or fix any loose nails or screws.
- Store furniture and plants: Store any outdoor furniture or potted plants indoors during the winter months. This will protect them from the cold and moisture, and prevent any damage to the decking.
By following these steps, you can maintain your garden decking during the winter months and keep it in good condition for years to come.