One of the projects Kim and I started this weekend (I've lost count how many projects we currently have) was to clean and re-stain the fence and deck.
Since cedar and redwoods are abundant in California, it is commonly used in the construction of decks and fences; and our fence is no exception. Over the years (I'm unsure the fence has ever been cleaned) all kinds of junk accumulates from weathering and mildew. We got a pretty powerful pressure washer and the first step is to remove the gunk.
On the left is what our fence looks like currently and on the right is board that has been washed; it really is a night and day difference. I had washed one segment of the fence, which we started staining today. We're planning on staining as more segments get washed.
I have a few more pictures from our yard work this evening in this gallery.
Technical Specs: Canon Rebel XTi, 17-85 IS @ 59mm, f/5.6, 1/15s, ISO 1600.