Deck Upkeep

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Deck Upkeep

l Use a wrought-iron table and chairs set that can withstand harsh weather conditions. l If your deck is uncovered, purchase a table umbrella. l Construct a trellis along one side of your deck for ivy to climb. l Plant an herb garden on your deck. l Line the deck with flower boxes, or hang them from the deck's railings. l If you have the space, grow a small tree, such as a ficus. l Many home improvement stores stock strings of outdoor lights in decorative shapes (fireflies, Chinese lanterns, stars) to add a festive touch to your nighttime parties. Don’t forget the tiki torches. l Use Citronella lamp oil and candles to help keep the bugs away. If you use artificial floodlights, get yellow bug lights to repel those unwanted guests. l Hornet/wasp traps are available to attract and kill those venomous visitors. l Use fine-mesh wire to keep mice, skunks, opossums, neighborhood cats and other critters from taking up residence under your deck.