I would like to know if a wooden deck or a stone (of some kind) patio is best.

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My backyard is 75% in shade and there are a lot of pine trees which constantly drop pine cones and pine straw. There would have to be a lot of ground leveling/clearing for either deck or patio. There is currently about an 8' x 10' cement slab patio there which I would like to expand. When there is a hard rainfall, the current patio puddles quite a bit. I am trying to budget to have work done next Spring, but don't know which method to choose...deck or patio.
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