How to Landscape Around a Back Deck

When designing your outdoor living area, don't forget to plan for climate, weather habits, maintenance, soil type and lighting. Well-placed lights can make the area safer for evening entertaining, as well as create a great atmosphere. Be sure to design your outdoor space to compliment the house, especially if it is attached to it.

Prepare the Soil: Add a New Layer

Break up the existing soil using a rented ground tiller. Next, add a new layer of composite soil using a wheelbarrow.

Prepare the Soil: Mix it Up

Then, return to the tiller to mix the two soils together.

Prepare the Soil: Place Plastic Edging

With the soil prepared, place plastic edging along one edge of the yard to help contain new soil and rocks.

Construct the Planter Boxes: Use Redwood Planks

Build new in-ground planter boxes using redwood planks, cut 4x4 posts and leftover composite decking.

Construct the Planter Boxes: Come Together

After measuring off the deck and digging trenches with a pick axe, set in the completed sides of the planter box and use wood screws to join the two pieces.

Construct the Planter Boxes: Backfill With New Soil

With the planter boxes secured, backfill them with new soil.

Construct the Planter Boxes: Give it a Finished Look

Give the planter boxes a finished look by screwing down two mitered cap boards formed using the leftover composite decking.

Level Out the Area: Lay Landscaper Fabric

To prevent weed growth, lay landscaper's fabric over new walkway areas and use metal staples to secure them to the ground.

Level Out the Area: Use Pathway Rocks

Then dump pathway rocks over the fabric. Finish the walkways by spreading the rocks around with a shovel until achieving a two inch depth. Set the plants into the planter boxes to determine their final position. For variety, stagger tall plants with wide plants and mix up the colors.

Set the Plants into the Ground

After deciding on the best locations, dig appropriate size holes for each plant and carefully remove them from their pots. Then, loosen the roots and sets them into their respective holes. Backfill dirt into the hole to straighten each plant.

Add the Finishing Touches: Lay Cedar Mulch

With all the plants firmly in the ground, loosely spread four inches of cedar mulch to cover any exposed soil.

Add the Finishing Touches: Install Light Kit

Mulch helps the soil retain moisture and will break down to add nutrients. Finally, install a low-voltage light kit around the deck

Add the Finishing Touches: Daisy Chain the Wires

After assembling the fixtures, stake them intermittently around the perimeter. Then daisy chain a spool of wire from one light to the next until completing a basic circuit. To complete the project, connect the wiring to a transformer/timer and plug it in.

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