Got an old wooden deck that has turned black
and gray with age?
Try pressure washing it and then treat with a good quality waterproofing sealer with a tint base and UV protectant.In most situations you can turn an old and unappealing deck into one you can be proud of at a minimal cost and a short weekend of work. Pressure washers can be rented from your local rental. Be sure and tell them what you're doing and they will be sure you get the right tool for the job.
When you decide to put mulch in your flower bed or around your plantings,be sure to use some type of weed blocker.It will save you hours of weeding and keep you beds looking better throughout the year.
There are several different products available thru gardening centers and hardware stores.
One thing that works great is old newspapers,
Put them on the ground and then mulch over,this keeps the weeds from growing and the newsprint is biodegradable so you don't have a problem getting rid of it later