Low maintenance is definitely “in” this fall. If it’s time to replace your decking, we suggest two low-maintenance decking options, Endeck and Tigerwood decking, which perfectly match up with current outdoor living trends.
For wood deck owners, fall is a great time to tackle deck refinishing. But owners of Endeck and Tigerwood decking don’t have to worry about such intense maintenance. Endeck is a PVC-based decking material, and Tigerwood decking is composed of a tropical hardwood. Neither material will rot under the moist conditions of the Pacific Northwest – Endeck because PVC is rot-proof, and Tigerwood decking because it’s one of the world’s rare hardwoods that doesn’t break down with changing weather. (This is probably the case because Tigerwood is native to rainforests.) Both Endeck and Tigerwood decking are extremely durable, and neither requires more maintenance than the occasional soap-and-water wipe down.
If you already have a lovely deck, here are a few landscaping tasks you can do to give your outdoor living space a facelift:
- Prune back dead plants.
- In colder areas, move container plants closer to the house or to other microclimates where they won’t be hit by frost, such as under roof overhangs. You may also choose to drape cold-sensitive plants with plastic sheets or light blankets; this is a good way to squeeze a few more weeks of color out of your specimens before the hard freeze arrives.
- Plant some new containers with fall- and winter-friendly species. Here in the Portland area, you could place a few containers of ornamental cabbage and kale around your Tigerwood decking, for instance. Many Japanese grass species also look lovely all winter long. If you don’t like having to replant every season, consider planting compact conifers in containers.
- Arrange evergreen branches, seed heads and other interesting organic materials in empty containers to add visual interest. (Avoid arranging aggressive or potentially invasive species.)