These days, shopping for decking materials is like trying to pick a unique grain of rice out of your bowl; they all look the same, feel the same, and generally all appear equal to each other. Though you may not be as picky when choosing a Chinese restaurants based on the uniformity of their rice dishes, you can ill afford to be as easy going about the material chosen to adjourn your deck. Let's face it, the investment is substantially more on your deck, and the longevity and satisfaction has to last you more than an hour. With that in mind, The Deck Store is proud to present you with an all-new e-Book "7 Ways New Materials & Technology are Changing Deck Designing" ebook. This publication aims to provide you enough valid information to make a more informative decision about your next decking project, while simultaneously bringing you up to speed on the advancements that have taken place in the industry in the last 15 years.
BY JOYCE TURNER-GIONET // PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG AND BILL SMITH
[Photography and article by Asia Chapdelaine]
For spring it is important to understand the types of plants you’ll use. Boxwood, Evergreen, Cedar and Juniper will define the framework of your green area. If we keep these green friendlies in mind through planning, preparation and planting you’ll have the company of green all year round. A Perennial, this one lasts for more than two years. A Biennial, which blooms in its second year and than dies, or an Annual a plant that usually germinates flowers and dies within a year or season.
Proper greening and flourish involves the different strengths of sunlight or shade for placement of Perennials, Biennials and Annuals. Know the lifeline of the plant, do some research as it is great to see the rise of different species throughout the seasons. I encourage greening to offset carbon emissions. Trees absorb the carbon of greenhouse gases emitted by our cars. All living plant matter absorbs CO2. Greenhouse gases are the main reason to start planting in our gardens, porches, decks and eventually our rooftops.
In the Toronto area, sky rise rooftops are on their way to being green savvy. A green roof system is a roof of a building that is covered with growing medium and is usually planted over a waterproofing membrane. They include a root barrier, drainage and irrigation systems. The Garden City, has not optioned this by law just yet. I am an eager Canadian beaver searching for signatures to get this bylaw approved within the Niagara region . I still need quite a few signatures. I am well on my way to getting this bylaw passed.
Greening involves some pre-planning. A few tips of how to green decks and porches will get you started using a well designed floor plan, a 3D Mood Board, for scale and proportion, using the right accessories, identifying fillers, lighting and of course greening.