Regular maintenance will add years to the life of your deck, so twice a year – in spring and autumn – it’s sensible to give your decking a good going-over to remove dirt, grease, slippery algae and moss.
How to clean decking.
First, if there are any large areas of moss or mould, start by scraping them off and sweeping them up. Then take a stiff-bristled broom and give the whole deck a thorough sweep, getting right in between the grooves.
If you have a pressure washer and you want your deck spotless, give it a quick burst now, but don’t hold it too close or you can damage the wood. This maybe enough to clean the whole area or you may want to use a cleaning solution as well.
Prepare your cleaner. You can use a specialist deck cleaner or make up your own from laundry liquid dissolved in water. If you have moss, lichen or algae on your patio – and you’re almost certain to after a long, wet winter – then add a splash of bleach (as much as one part bleach to four parts water if it’s really bad).
Apply your chosen cleaner to the decking using a watering can, then scrub the deck straightaway with your broom or brush, rubbing it into the grooves. Leave it to stand for up to 15 minutes to work (or follow instructions on the back of the deck cleaner box).
Then, using a garden hose, a watering can filled with clean water, or a pressure washer, rinse the deck thoroughly.
Allow at least two days for your decking to dry before you apply decking paint or stain.
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Trees grow in many different shapes and sizes, some tall with thin crowns, others with several main branches and spreading crowns. Pruning is the removal of parts of the tree, normally branches or shoots but sometimes buds, roots, flowers and fruit. There are many reasons to prune a tree, from maintenance of health and appearance, to the control of its size. As experienced arborists, we are able to assess the growth habit of trees by observing its response to the environment and previous pruning and so properly prune even the most unfamiliar of species.
Trees can become too large for their surroundings or unsafe. They can grow into buildings or overhead lines, block views or create unwanted shade. In these situations, we can carry out a crown reduction that can reduce the height and spread of a tree whilst retaining its natural shape and ensuring that there is plenty of leaf area left to maintain healthy growth and defence against disease and decay.
Some lower branches of a tree can obstruct traffic, obscure signs or interfere with buildings. The removal of these branches is known as crown raising. Crown raising causes minimal damage to the health of the tree as long as the limbs removed are not too large.
Crown thinning is the removal of selected branches from the crown of the tree. This practice can be used to reduce shade cast by the crown, increase air movement or reduce the effects of wind on certain branches. In some cases, crown thinning can be used to emphasize the trunk and branches of a tree to increase its aesthetic appearance.
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