Painting and Decorating Made Easier!

What makes a garden really stand out consists of more than just flowers and plants.

 

Start with a do it yourself landscape design first. And, let your creative juices flow.

 

“Painting” is usually secondary to selecting the structural elements you incorporate into your garden. These would be a bridge, an arbor, a trellis, a deck, wood fencing, and even signage.

 

Elements of Wood

 

Once the elements are in place, if they are constructed of wood, they will need protection from the environment, wildlife, people, etc. Especially water!

 

For durability and protection from fungus and rotting, I recommend the following:

 

  1. Prime wood with an oil-based product. Apply “two coats” acrylic latex or oil base material.

Apply clear wood preservative (a very effective add-on.) ex. Thompson’s Water Seal or

Sonneborn sealants.

 

  1. Apply “two coats” solid color oil-based stain. Apply a clear wood preservative.

 

  1. Pre-finish the surface with an oil-based primer. Apply elastomeric finish as a top coat.

 

  1. Wood can be finished with a clear waterproofing coating to preserve natural look.

 

  1. For signage, use acrylic latex or oil-based finish, then an acrylic clear finish for protection.

 

  1. For wood products, embedded below grade, I recommend using a creosote or

other tar-based product to reduce the chances of wood rot.

 

Once the garden’s amenities have been installed, set a schedule for their regular upkeep. This would involve cleaning.

  1. Recommended: either a biodegradable cleaning agent, or a bicarbonate solution which is harmless to plants.
  2. When cleaning mold infested exterior surfaces do not use bleach. It will burn the leaves of your plants.

 

In some cases, I would advise using stone for building walkways and bridges, rather than a high maintenance wood product. In any case, you want to use a paint which resists moisture penetration.

 

Then there will be more quality time available to look at the flowers, versus the rotting wood.

 

A garden can be a wonderful place for a painting project. And, one of the most relaxing places to soothe the stresses of the day.

 

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Create a garden spot for others to enjoy with you, and for you to honor alone.

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Thank you for visiting “Painting with Bob.” Copyright 2015. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

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