This spring, we focused primarily on the backyard, and one of our first projects was our deck. We have composite decking and rails that are beautiful, but the underbelly of the deck itself always looked unfinished.
My biggest issue was that it was a pain to mow the grass both underneath the deck and around the posts. With that in mind, we decided to install a white lattice and then edge it with a thick flowerbed. I couldn’t wait to begin.
The pups were ready to help us, too. Let’s do this!
First, we measured the deck in its entirety, and purchased lattices and matching lattice joints from Lowe’s. The lattices we chose were a composite plastic material in bright white. They sell wooden lattices at a much cheaper price than these plastic ones — considering that these would last a lifetime and wouldn’t require painting or staining, however, had us sold.
Using a jigsaw, we cut each lattice to fit.
To attach the lattices to the deck, we first drilled pilot holes through the lattice and into the inside joists of the deck.
Then, we attached the lattices to the joists using lattice screws.
The tricky part was to take into account that the ground is never completely level, so cutting the lattice to fit took precise measuring, a little trial and error, and extra patience.
We were unsure of how to cap this corner piece between the staircase and the deck. I ended up using garden twine and simply tied them together. Worked great, and you can’t tell the difference from the outside.
To finish the edges between each lattice, we used a plastic lattice joint to make it look more finished. These joints also strengthened the lattices as we buried the bottoms of each into the ground.
We continued down the length of the deck, installing each lattice and joint one-by-one.
Installing the lattice was a full day’s worth of work, but it was surprisingly easy. We also had some adorable project managers to supervise the project, so that helped speed things along.
Ready for the reveal? Here’s the before:
And here’s the after!
This lattice was exactly what our deck needed, and looks as though it’s been there since day one. It adds a special richness to the deck and our backyard.
Lattices are a simple way to truly make decks beautiful. Hope you’ll consider it for your deck, too!
This was the first of several landscaping projects that we accomplished this spring. Stay tuned for more!
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