Wooden decking is a really great addition to your garden, adding a beautiful space designated for relaxing in comfort and style. In an ideal world, you'd have plenty of flat, empty space available if you wanted to have a deck installed. But backyards aren't always perfectly laid out and, unfortunately, you might find some obstacles in your way.
If you want to build decking right where there's a tree, you could have the tree removed. It's a shame to do that, though, especially if it's a tree you're fond of. Instead, why not build the decking around it, so it makes an unusual centrepiece to the deck and provides a bit of shade? If this idea appeals to you, there are a few things you need to remember.
Allow enough space for growth
Building the tree into your decking plans from the start allows you to incorporate it without any problems arising. However, it's important to bear in mind that the tree won't stay the same size.
Leave extra space for the tree's growth, but research the species to find out how much additional room you should provide. Trees grow at different rates and reach various sizes, so you need to get it right for your tree.
Make a habit of sweeping regularly
Trees drop leaves, fruit and other bits of debris that can quickly gather on your decking. The worst thing about this is that, when it gets wet, your deck will become slippery and potentially cause accidents. The decomposing leaves can also cause rot to set in. Get into the habit of sweeping your deck clean as often as possible and you'll avoid tree debris building up.
Make sure the timber is sealed often
All timber decking needs to be sealed to keep water out and protect the timber from decay and excessive expansion. However, it's even more important when you have a tree hanging over the deck. Stay on top of your regular application of sealant and you'll protect the wood against damage, keeping your decking in great condition.
Leave room for roots
Some trees have roots that emerge above ground, occasionally extending quite a distance. Because of this, it's best to leave a significant gap between the deck and the ground so there's space for roots to grow without causing damage. Try to also avoid having the edge of the decking near any tree roots, as it can more easily be pushed up by growing roots.