Can i put slate or wood chips over decking?

(3 Posts)
HairyPorter Tue 17-May-16 14:40:54

We have a rectangular decked garden that is split in two sections by a step, both sections are covered by rather old decking. There is concrete underneath the decking and getting rid of it isn't an option. I was thinking of covering one of the decked sections with either slate or wood chips just to brighten it up and for a bit of variation, but was wondering if there are any cons to it (apart from the cost)... Will the deck rot if there are wood chips over it?

shovetheholly Tue 17-May-16 15:14:44

I think a covering of either stone or woodchips will tend to trap moisture and make it rot. Sorry sad

Covering it with loads of planted pots might be a better idea. Done well, this can look really stunning.

KittyKrap Tue 17-May-16 15:41:17

I bought a house with a lovely yard covered in stone chips. The stone chips managed to get into the drains and clog everything. It's a nightmare for most people if you're thinking of selling.

Either rip up the decking, re skim the concrete and paint it white or like previous poster said, plant pots.

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