Posted: 29/11/2014 at 15:44
We had a crappy patio at the side of the lounge and OH decked it because it was not level and the top was paving stones with very large gaps between. We've since added more around the pond, leading round to the patio doors, incorporating steps, a raised bed and two beds in the decking. We have some long steps further down the garden and another square patio (our garden slopes downwards so it helps to get to the bottom.) We don't have any trouble with rats as most of it sits on hard standing and the bit that doesn't isn't boxed in.
You could paint your fence black and then fix trellis on it in a different colour, could be effective and give colour in winter when alot of plants go over.