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Skip underplanting altogether. Leave the ground natural and allow the needles to fall and form a soft carpet beneath the trees. With any luck, native ferns, redwood sorrel and evergreen violets will sprout on their own accord to naturally fill in the forest floor.More8 Reasons to Plant a Great TreeDiscover more ground covers for your garden
17. Breezeway deck. A generously sized deck is an effective way to connect structures on the same property — or parts of one large home — and increase outdoor living space at the same time.Tell us: What kind of deck are you dreaming of?More: What to Know About Adding a DeckDecking Materials Beyond Basic Lumber
Cleaning Your DeckOnce you’ve settled on which products to use, you’ll need to clean your deck. There are three ways you can do this: ScrubbingPressure washingStrippingScrubbing is the least expensive and gentlest option. Don’t worry, you won’t be stuck on your hands and knees. A stiff-bristle push broom can be an effective cleaning tool when paired with trisodium phosphate (TSP) or an outdoor cleaner like OxiClean. Follow the instructions carefully to make sure you apply the correct amount and don’t leave any residue behind.Tip: Cover plants with plastic before scrubbing to avoid exposure to harsh cleaners. Rinse them with the hose after completing the cleaning process to be extra safe.