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Cedar: A Low-Maintenance Material for Decks

By July 31, 2013

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Those of you who have been reading my column and/or weekly newsletter for years are well aware of my faults. That's because I don't try to hide them. On the contrary, I've gone out of my way to call attention to them.

For example, I've made no secret of the fact that I'm a cheapskate. This trait gives me an edge when writing on such topics as landscaping on a budget. After all, who are you going to trust more on this topic, a cheapskate or a big spender?

Nor am I shy about admitting that I can be lazy at times, which is not such a bad trait to have when one is writing about such subjects as low-maintenance landscaping. Like many of you, no doubt, I try to get away with expending a minimum of time and effort on yard chores that I don't care for, so that I have more time left over for activities that I do enjoy.

I think my laziness comes to the fore most acutely during the spring season. After enduring the relative paucity of plants in my yard that the winter season brings, when I venture out into the spring landscape, I want to gaze at all the new flowers. Having excessive yard chores to perform would put a bit of a damper on what should be a joyous season!

Speaking of low-maintenance, Paul Mackie submitted an article for my Landscaping website in the spring on the topic, cedar: a low-maintenance material for decks. Paul is a member of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association. I think you'll enjoy his take on using rot-resistant Western red cedar when building decks.

Read article: Western Red Cedar Decking

Put in your 2 cents: Building a Deck: Is It Worth It?

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March 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm
(1) SPQR says:

Im looking to find genuine Japanese Hinoki and sawara seedlings also Japanese Cherry Blossom seedlings. I’m very interested in Japan and would like to have a backyard very Japan like if possible any recommendations on other Japanese trees plants I could add. And online sitters where I can buy seedlings.

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