Just because autumn has almost arrived, doesn't mean your garden needs to be out of bounds. Here's how to continue using it into the colder months. 

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Most homeowners invest in their gardens in the spring to enjoy it to the fullest in the summer. However, when autumn and winter rolls around many decks are left neglected but this needn't be the case.

With some creative thinking and garden inspo, a garden deck can be every bit enjoyable in the cooler months. We spoke to Dura Composites all about how to effectively use your outdoor space. 

1. Heat it up

Garden accessories such as a fire pit, chiminea and patio heaters are some cosy additions that would definitley make your decking area suitable for autumn/winter time. Layer your garden furniture with cosy throws to turn it into an appealing place to sit, even when the temperature has dropped outside. 

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2. Add some shelter

As well as providing shade from the sun when it’s warm, canopy awnings and shade sails can help to keep you dry when you’re out on your deck in the rainy and snowy months. If you have a heat source on your deck already, then your awning will help to trap the heat and keep you even warmer when you’re outside on chillier evenings.

3. Al fresco dining

Decking is often used in gardens to designate an eating or entertaining area so why not make the most of this function all year round? Be sure to consider how you'd like to use it in terms of dining and include the right equipment to make it as easy as possible, even in the cooler months. A gas or charcoal barbecue is a common choice but if you fancy something a bit more substantial, you could opt for a clay oven or pizza oven. Of course, you'll need to guard your deck against heat sources but it should be the perfect party area throughout the entire year. 

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4. Let there be light

Lighting is a key element of any space and this includes any outdoor areas. Candles are an easy way to illuminate and soften a space to help create an intimate ambience, and if you opt for LED versions then you don't have to worry about them whatsoever. Solar lights are a great option for saving on electricity and add a whimsical touch and festival vibe to your decking area. Lighting is so important, even more so in autumn/wintertime as the evenings get darker so much quicker.


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