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The Great Muskoka Cottage Spring Spruce-Up

Finally.  For all Muskoka cottage owners out there, this May long week-end marks the official beginning of our cottage season. As always, you have your regular “opening the cottage” checklists that are specific to your cottage.  This year, you may want to consider a few things to add to your exterior list so that you can spend less time maintaining and more time enjoying your cottage in future years. 

Here are three best value maintenance upgrades to consider:

Decks and Docks

Staining and repairing decks and docks is a tedious, time-consuming chore.  Think about replacing old wooden decks and docks with an eco-friendly composite product like Trex. It has the texture of wood but none of the maintenance.  It comes with a 25-year warranty!


If you have been staining and repairing your wood siding over the years, it may be time to clad your cottage with something more substantial like Gemthane/Timberthane which is a thermally modified wood siding product that is safe, natural and 100% free of chemicals. The wood is encapsulated with 2 marine/automotive grade polymer coatings to create a durable resilient shell that not only protects the colour but protects from wood decay. And it comes with a Lifetime Warranty!  This product can also be used for docks and dock.


Plant a small garden with bee-loving, deer-resistant, easy-to-maintain perennial plants in a place where you can enjoy them most.  I planted a perennial garden just outside the Muskoka Room and it was enjoyed all season long. Consider Ligularia, (Othello), Brunnera hostas (Jack Frost), lavender, and plants that are native to your area.  Sandhill Nursery in Huntsville has a great array of bee-loving and deer resistant plants.  Help the bees and enjoy easy cottage living.

 Welcome back cottagers!

 Helen Thompson

Broker of Record/Owner

Relaxed Living Realty Inc., Brokerage


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