How to lay decking: part 1 - level the area and build the foundation
This garden design project is featured in the series If It’s Broke, Fix It, exclusive to Home.
This is intended to give a brief over view of the garden design project. For more in-depth decking advice and design ideas, see the links at the end of this article.
Step 1: Lay the foundation for your decking
Begin by cutting away a grass area big enough to fit a paving slab. Mix up your sand and cement mix and bed it down in the area before laying the slab on top. This will act as a foundation and take the weight of your decking. Repeat this process in all four corners of your frame.
Step 2: Level the area
Lay a couple of bricks on top of your first paving slab to begin levelling the area. Repeat the process on all four corners laying as many bricks as needed in each corner to ensure the frame is level.
Step 3: Ensure the decking frame is level
Using a spirit level, check that each side of your frame is level. Adjust the amount of cement or bricks used to create the level frame you're looking for.
Watch the second part of this basic guide to decking, Part 2 - how to lay decking. Or, for more detailed decking advice, see the links below.
Looking for more garden design advice on decking?
We have several articles on laying and maintaining decking – as well as galleries offering inspirational design advice. Take a look at the following in-depth articles to find out more:
How to build decking: part 1 - setting out the area
How to build decking: part 2 - building the frame
How to build decking: part 3 - how to lay the boards
Garden design: decking layout ideas
How to repair and maintain decking