Decorating Studio beaded fringe trims
advanced search
holiday rhinestone table runner
Like Us on FaceBook Decorating Studio shop decorating studio Shop Cart Salefree offer Facebook
Decorating ~ Home Decor
Wedding & Event Ideas
Don't Forget the Deck When Winterizing the Yard

Decorating Studio Home Page

Shop all our Fabulous Finds
Beaded Fringe & Beaded Trim
Beaded Garland Strands
Sequin Fabric
Chainette Fringe
Feather Fringe
Rhinestone Tablerunner
Monogram Wedding Cake Toppers
Anniversary & Numbers Cake Toppers
Rhinestone Trim & Chain
Rhinestone Banding
Embellished Jeweled Ribbon
Wedding Cake Rhinestone Ribbon
Wedding & Event Cheap Centerpieces
Wedding Cake Jewelry & Toppers
Beaded Tassels
Wedding Flower String Lights
Crystal Glass Teardrops
Flower Trimming
Shop all Collections
Sales & Closeouts

chainette fringerhinestone wedding cake bandingbeaded garland strands

Decorating By Room
Bathroom & Spa
Children's Rooms
Entry & Foyer
Family Room & Den
Game & Bonus Room
Home Office
Home Theater & Media Room
Kitchen & Dining
Laundry & Hobby Room
Master Bedroom
New Homes: Planning & Designing
Outdoor Living
Sunrooms & Conservatories
Apartment Decor
Guest Rooms
Exercise & Workout Rooms

Decorating Ideas
Artwork & Accessories
Cabinets & Countertops
Careers In Interior Design
Color Trends & Color Schemes
Decorating & Home Decor Trends
Education In Interior Design
Fabrics & Upholstery
Floors & Flooring
Home Financing
Home Health & Safety
Interior Design
Interior Designers, Working With
Painting & Home Decor
Walls & Doors
Window Treatments

View Cart
View Your Shopping Cart
Shipping & Return Info
Contact Us

Phone #615-776-2951

Our beaded fringe trims are 1st quality and exceptional in craftsmanship and detail.

winterize the deck and yard(ARA) - The kids are back in school, summer grilling and outdoor lounging is over, and in most spots across the United States it's just too chilly or wet to cavort on the backyard deck much longer. We are all familiar with the importance of preparing our home's gardening areas for winter so we can hit the ground running with a beautiful yard and garden in the spring. Whether it's trimming, pruning or mulching, there are a number of things that can be done in the fall and winter that virtually guarantee a more successful landscape come spring.

The same can be said of one of your biggest backyard asset -- the wood deck. With the arrival of fall and cold weather, it is essential to keep your deck protected through the dormant months. Decks, after all, are a valuable outdoor addition well worth protecting.

"Most people think of landscaping tasks, but deck maintenance is equally as important. Investing just a small amount of time before the worst of winter weather hits can make all the difference in how your deck will look and perform as the temperature fluctuates," explains Peter Lang, general manager of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.

Western Red Cedar decks are loved for their all-natural charm and beauty, and many homeowners are familiar with the regular maintenance needed to keep wood decks looking their best. Even decks made of western red cedar, one of the best performing wood species for outdoor applications, need occasional maintenance to keep them in top shape. Regular deck upkeep enables a cedar deck to last for years, even decades.

To make your spring deck maintenance easier, the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association (WRCLA) recommends these simple tasks right now:

Remove Dirt and Debris

Sweep away all leaves, needles and branches from your deck and remove all debris from between deck boards. Dirt and leaves can build up, causing standing water or other moisture to stay on top of the deck rather than drain through. Proper ventilation is crucial to avoiding moisture build up.

Eliminate Mildew

Mildew should be removed from a deck soon after it appears. Allowing it to grow untreated, even in the winter, can lead to additional deck damage. There are a number of commercial products that can be purchased at any home center or retail lumberyard. The WRCLA suggests killing and removing mildew with a simple solution made from items you have in your home right now.

Using a common garden sprayer, combine 3 quarts of water, 1 quart of oxygen bleach and 1/4 cup of ammonia-free liquid dishwasher detergent within the spray canister. Apply the solution liberally to the deck surface and allow the mixture to set for about 10 to15 minutes. The bleach will kill the mildew and the dishwasher detergent helps emulsify the mildew to aid in its removal. Liquid dishwasher detergent works better than regular dish or laundry detergent because it will not foam.

After allowing the solution to set, simply rinse the surface clean. For tougher mildew stains, apply the solution with a soft bristle brush.

Pots and Planters

Setting planters and pots directly on a deck's surface may cause staining. Consider removing planters from the deck or moving them around on a regular basis to decrease the effects.

Or, place planters onto a 2 inch by 2 inch cedar board to create space between the deck and planters. Cedar has natural compounds that form a resistance to deterioration, rot and decay -- it is these same compounds that give cedar its unique fragrance -- and the extra space created by the cedar will allow moisture to evaporate and promote a healthy deck.

Snow Tips

If shoveling snow off your deck, run the shovel lengthwise on the deck boards. Shoveling cross-wise can scratch or cut in to the wood. Consider using a plastic shovel to decrease scratching and avoid salt or other ice melters; they may discolor or damage some deck finishes.

Planning for the Spring

With some initial maintenance and repairs already taken care of, you will have more time to tackle other projects once the weather improves. Maybe this is the year to consider adding a cedar trellis, gazebo, pergola or other outdoor structure? For project ideas on a number of different outdoor projects, from decking to fences to gazebos, visit the WRCLA Web site at or call (866) 778-9096.

Courtesy of ARA Content

Decorating Studio, LLC or is not affiliated with the authors nor responsible for the actions or content of the articles, or any 3rd party information within or linked to or from Decorating Studio or Decorating Studio's website.
Liability Statement Home Page
"Decorating Studio tops the list of popular home decorating, interior design, event and wedding decorations & home improvement sites because you always come first! We have Home decor, rhinestone trim, home decorating tips for events, receptions and weddings, home decorating guides, home decorating ideas and home furniture and decor. Do you want to be a decorator or interior designer? We have a complete list of Interior design and decorating schools, colleges and universities by state."