(Closed) What do about our BLAH deck

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

First, I’d stain the deck/stairs/etc.  It will make the whole area look much more finished, polished, and put together.  Unstained, it kind of looks like new construction or something to me.

Second – I’d ditch the rocks under the deck (again, seems kind of construction like) and plant a bed of hostas (and maybe some other plants).  Hostas will give great color and interest to the area and they’re really hearty so you won’t have to worry about killing them.  They’re also very shade tolerant so being under the deck won’t be a problem for them.

Also, I’d either extend the mulch bed beyond the deck to the area of dead grass (I think the extended bed would look really nice) or I’d re-seed /re-sod that area.  (I’m sure you’re planning to fix that already but figured I’d add it).

Lastly, I’d put some nice outdoor furniture to create a welcoming sitting space.  You could also hang some planters from the long edge of the deck with pretty flowers.  I think that would make the whole space very warm and inviting.

Hope this helps!

Post # 5
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You may want to get some quotes from professional landscapers in your area…. worst case scenario… you know what a pro would do so you can DIY 🙂 i.e. how to deal with mulch on a downgrade 😉

I agree with staining… I think a nice rich cherry color would look great with your red shutters and give some color.

As for furniture etc… it’s hard to tell from this angle what space and the layout is like up there.

Post # 6
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@FutureMrs.Harless: Nice outdoor furniture is designed to withstand the elements so I wouldn’t worry about that too much.  We always take our patio furniture in during the winter with the ice, snow, and freezing cold but it is designed to withstand wind, rain, storms, etc.

I like the idea of bordering the flower/mulch bed with the rocks but I wouldn’t put them over the back half.  I think just the border would be better.

Post # 7
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I would add some wood siding material to enclose the underside of the porch, then all around it I would build a knee-high stone wall and fill it with a vareity of shrubs and flowers.

Post # 8
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011


hostas will only do really well in that location if there is lots of shade, especially during mid-day through the afternoon. I only note that because this late afternoon/early evening picture looks like near-full exposure. Just a thought.


what exposure is the deck? (east, west, north, south?), if you want to leave it open and put in a planting, take your daily sunlight into account & consider plant varieties that do well on slopes.

If you think you might like to skip the lattice and go for a full enclosure like @FreeRangeMom: suggested, you will create some extra storage space for yourselves. If storage space is unnecessary, or you dont like the look/concept, what about just laying some river rock or crushed gravel under the deck & re-sodding the area up to the deck?

Those rocks you have would be great to re-use in a hardscaping project like walls or creating an edge to future garden beds etc.

Post # 9
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

Can you take an updated picture from farther back so we can see what exactly it looks like? The angled shot makes it difficult to offer suggestions without a more full view.

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