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Michael Jackson Auction 2009 Exhibition - Photos of Michael Jackson's Garden Statuary and Outdoor Furniture from Neverland
One of the volumes for the auction of Michael Jackson's Neverland estate features garden statuary and outdoor furniture. While Neverland is nevermore, back in its heyday, the 2,500-acre compound boasted an amusement park, zoo, statuary and patio furniture. On opening day of the Jackson collection’s preview exhibit in Beverly Hills, the much-hyped auction of 1,400 was canceled. Details were few, but basically Jackson won a court order to halt the auction because he wanted to keep some stuff. Page 33.

Michael Jackson Auction 2009 Exhibition
A rare look at Michael Jackson's statues and outdoor art from his fabled Neverland Ranch near Santa Barbara, California. Page 4.

Michael Jackson's Garden Furnishings from Neverland
Take a rare look at Michael Jackson's outdoor furnishings and statuary, which used to inhabit his infamous Neverland Ranch in Southern California.

Michael Jackson's Garden Furnishings from Neverland
Take a rare look at Michael Jackson's outdoor furnishings and statuary, which used to inhabit his infamous Neverland Ranch in Southern California.

Brick Patios & Paving
Brick is a traditional hardscaping material, especially for patio floors. While the basic shape and composition has been around for more than 5,000 years, there are literally thousands of combinations, colors, shapes, and designs possible. Learn DIY techniques, designs and patterns, along with a photo gallery for inspiration

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Paving Materials Photo Gallery
When building a patio or path, one decision you'll have to make is to determine what type of paving material to use. We've got it covered.

The Basic Brick Patterns for Patios and Paths
Certain brick patterns have been around for hundreds of years. But can you match a name with an actual brick pattern? Here they are.

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Brick Patterns for Patios and Paths
What are the origins of brick pattern names? Here's your chance to get a brief education on brick patterns, which will help with your patio project. Page 7.

Brick Patterns for Patios and Paths
Certain brick patterns have been around for hundreds of years. But can you match a name with an actual brick pattern? We make it easier for you. Page 2.

Brick Patterns for Patios and Paths
Certain brick patterns have been around for centuries. But can youut mnatch a name with an actual brick pattern? Check out some of the most popular.

Pictures of Brick Patterns for Patios and Pathways
What are the origins of brick pattern names? Here's your chance to get a brief education on brick patterns, which will help with your patio project. Page 3.

Brick Patterns for Patios and Paths
What are the origins of brick pattern names? Here's your chance to get a brief education on brick patterns, which will help with your patio project. Page 4.

Brick Patterns for Patios and Paths
What are the origins of brick pattern names? Here's your chance to get a brief education on brick patterns, which will help with your patio project. Page 5.

Brick Patterns for Patios and Paths
What are the origins of brick pattern names? Here's your chance to get a brief education on brick patterns, which will help with your patio project. Page 6.

Brick Patterns for Patios and Paths
What are the origins of brick pattern names? Here's your chance to get a brief education on brick patterns, which will help with your patio project. Page 8.

Rattan Wreath Form for Homemade Wreath - Fall Door Decorations - How to Make a Wreath
A visit to your local arts and crafts store will find grapevine wreath forms, or the lighter-colored rattan wreath forms (pictured).

Wreath Supplies and Materials - How to Make a Wreath
As you can see, many of those festive decorations bought at the dollar store didn't make the cut. Find out what we chose for our fall wreath.

Gather Your Wreath Materials - Tools and Materials for Wreaths
Gather your leaves, flowers, grasses, seed pods, fruits, berries or whatever else you want to incorporate into your wreath design.

Fall Crafts - Homemade Wreath Fall Door Decorations - How to Make a Wreath
We continue to make a wreath. Selecting a branch of the faux, fabric or silk foliage or fall leaves, cut one of the stems from the branch.

How to Make a Fall Wreath - Quick and Easy Wreath
There's a wreath to suit every door: modern, country, neoclassical, traditional. If you make a wreath, its style and materials are entirely up to you.

Homemade Wreath Fall Door Decorations - Wrap Wire Around Stem
Continuing to make a fall wreath. Snip a piece of floral wire. Starting at the bottom of the leaf or flower base, wrap wire securely around stem.

Fall Wreath Crafts - Insert the Stem
Insert the wire-wrapped stem into the wreath form. If using a grapevine or rattan wreath, insert the stem through the wreath

Adding Leaves to Wreath - Making a Wreath for Fall
As you may have noticed in the previous step, parts of the rattan wreath form were showing. Some wreath makers like the natural look of a grapevine wreath.

Wreath With Ornamental Grass - How to Make a Wreath for Your Door
To soften the look of the wreath, add textural interest and some movement, I wired faux ornamental grass onto the outer edge of the wreath.

How to Hang Your DIY Fall Wreath
Cut a 5-to-6-inch piece of wire to make a hook for your wreath. Decide what point on the wreath makes a good

How to Make a Bow - Making a Bow for Wreath
While ribbons and bows are used more often on Christmas and winter holiday wreaths, a bow might be just the right accent for your fall wreath-making project.

Halloween How To Projects - Add Crows to Fall Wreath - Leaf and Crow Fall Wreath
Using the wire loop you made, hang it on a nail, hook or wreath hanger onto your front door, window, or any spot that screams out

Wreath Making - Cutting the Stem - How to Make a Fall Wreath
Now that the faux leaf stem is secured, you can cut the excess stem. Why? The less stuff crowding the back of the wreath, the better.

Tips for Making a Fall Wreath - Leaves and Foliage
Don't be in such a hurry to whip together a wreath for your door that you slap on the leaves haphazardly.

10 Patio Chairs Under $100
Are you in the market for new patio chairs, but on a budget? Check out our collection of outdoor seating, that is under $100 for each piece.

Where to Shop Online for Inexpensive Patio Furniture
Looking for inexpensive patio furniture online? We've sniffed out some of the best places online to find outdoor furniture and accessories.

11 Ways to Find Free or Cheap Garden Plants
Don't deprive yourself of new plants or even gardening because you're on a budget. Discover 11 ways to get more plants for free or next to nothing.

Find the Best Landscaping Pro for the Job
How do you figure out the right type of professional to hire for your next residential outdoor project? We help uncover the mystery of it all.

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Ideas for Outdoor Privacy Screens
With an outdoor privacy screen, you can add much-needed privacy to your pool, hot tub or spa area. Get inspired with this slideshow of great idea.

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The Best Free Plans for DIY Outdoor Projects
These free DIY projects for your yard include deck, playhouse, treehouse and garden bench plans. The projects are for beginning to advanced skill levels.

Mexican Courtyard Wall - Patio Courtyard Vertical Garden - Vertical Garden Ideas
A small courtyard patio in Ajijic, Mexico -- near Guadalajara -- wisely uses is walls to hang wall pockets. Creeping fig climbs up the walls to add even more greenery and vegetation. With living green walls, this courtyard patio provides a nice, colorful retreat.

Patrick Blanc - The Vertical Garden - Vertical Gardens
While the climate and plants that grow so well in Machu Picchu aren't easily adaptable to most environments, the idea of green, living walls certainly is achievable. One of the biggest proponents of living, vertical walls is Patrick Blanc, a botanist, artist and author of

Vertical Garden History - Plants for Walls - A Brief History of Vertical Gardens
The concept of walled gardens has been around for centuries. Records show that Egyptian gardens in 3000 B.C. established the tradition of compartments separated by plant-covered walls and arbors. Walls add permanence and establish boundaries within a yard or landscape design. They also offer privacy and block undesirable views, like your neighbor's side-yard junk pile. Plants that adapt best to walls are those that are climbers or that spill or trail over the walls.

Vertical Gardens - The Best Plants for Growing on Walls - The Best Plants for Vertical Garden Landscaping
Bare exterior stucco walls without windows or architectural details can be made more interesting with the addition of a vertical wall planter. Make sure the planter is sturdy enough to hang on a wall and has a flat back. Use the container rule of thrillers, spillers and fillers for a wall vase. Take a look at a few plants for inspiration.

Tall, Vertical Containers - Vertical Garden Ideas
Tall and narrow wooden containers bring plants up to almost -eye level and are easy to access for maintenance. They also dress-up an otherwise-plain space, bringing greenery and plant life to an area that may have extremely limited room otherwise. The plants in these wood containers are ponytail palms.

Ideas for Vertical Gardens - The Best Plants for Growing on Walls - The Best Plants for Vertical Garden Landscaping
Walls add permanence and establish boundaries within a yard or landscape design. They also offer privacy and block undesirable views, like your neighbor's side-yard junk pile. Plants that adapt best to walls are those that are climbers or that spill or trail over the walls. Other types of wall gardens are living walls in which plants are fitted in crevices or planted in containers that allow them to grow vertically and cover all or part of the wall. Take a look at a few plants for inspiration.

Vertical Garden History - The Best Plants for Walls
The concept of walled gardens has been around for centuries. Take a tour of vertical gardens throughout history and get inspired to grow your own!

Vertical Garden History - The Best Plants for Walls
The concept of walled gardens has been around for centuries. Take a tour of vertical gardens throughout history and get inspired to grow your own!

A Wall of Lettuce - Vertical Gardening Ideas - Growing Lettuce on a Fence or Wall
Not only does this living wall provide privacy, a touch of nature and color, it also is a smart solution for growing varieties of lettuce when space is limited. Vertically positioned pots or pockets work well for this type of crop.

Fytowalls Vertical Container Gardens - Vertical Garden Ideas
Fytowalls are a series of modular panels that contain a lightweight, non-soil growing medium for a variety of plant species. A fully integrated hydroponic watering system supports the planted panels, which can be attached to a wall, fence or balcony.

Types of Outdoor Lighting - Net Lights - What are Net Lights?
When they were introduced, net lights seemed like a lifesaver. Learn the right way to use them, along with where and when to decorate with net lights.

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Playhouse Designs - Luxurious Playhouses to Inspire
Join us for an exclusive tour of luxurious playhouses designed by architects and landscape designers, all to benefit the homeless.

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Gallery of Paving Materials for Patios and Walkways
Discover the best types of paving materials to use for your next outdoor project, whether it's a patio, pathway, or outdoor room. Page 10.

Paving Materials - Cobblestones and Other Types of Paving
When building a patio or walkway, one of the more fun but challenging decisions you'll have to make is determining what type of paving material to use. Page 6.

Paving Materials - Cobblestone Pavers
Cobblestone pavers are a traditional paving material that are still popular for an old-world look. Learn more about outdoor paving materials. Page 9.

Paving Materials - Gallery of Paving for Patios and Walkways
Learn more about paving materials for outdoor projects, like patios and pathways. One of the most popular is concrete. Page 8.

Slideshow of Paving Materials for Patios and Paths
When building a patio or walkway, one of the more fun but challenging decisions you'll have to make is determining what type of paving material to use. Page 4.

Paving Materials - Patios, Walkways and Other Outdoor Areas
Discover the best types of materials to use for outdoor applications. One of the oldest and most trusted is brick, which can be made into many designs. Page 2.

Pictures of Paving Materials for Patios, Path sand Other Outdoor Areas
Learn more about paving materials for outdoor areas, including aggregate, which has been a longtime favorite.

Paving Materials - Photo Gallery of Patios and Walkways
This photo gallery provides a look at the wide variety of paving and surfacing materials available for your patio or path. Page 3.

Paving Materials for Patios - Lava Rock
Consider lava rock as a paving material for your outdoor living space, whether it's a patio or path. Check out our picture gallery of materials. Page 12.

Paving Materials - Gray Cobblestones
Cobblestones give a classic, old-world look to a patio or pathway. Discover other types of materials that are popular for outdoor applications. Page 16.

Paving Materials - A Pile of Flagstone
When building a patio or walkway, one of the more fun but challenging decisions you'll have to make is determining what type of paving material to use. Page 13.

Paving Materials - Pink Flagstone
Flagstone is a popular choice for outdoor patios and other paving applications, because it is easy to use and always attractive. Discover more materials. Page 15.

Paving Materials - Photos of Paving Types for Patios and Walkways
Flagstone is one of the most popular paving materials for outdoor applications like patios and paths. Colors vary and depend on local supply. Page 11.

Photos of Paving Materials for Patios, Walkways and Other Outdoor Areas
Paving materials should blend in with the architecture and landscaping, be easy to walk on, easy to maintain, and weather-resistant. Find out more. Page 7.

Paving Materials - Photo Gallery of Paving Materials
One of the most attractive outdoor paving materials for patios and paths is flagstone, which is available in a variety of colors. Page 5.

Paving Materials Photo Gallery
When building a patio or path, one decision you'll have to make is to determine what type of paving material to use. We've got it covered.

Paving Materials - Assorted Pavers
There is no rule that says you can't mix things up when paving outdoors. Sometimes using two or more materials is the right solution for patios and pathways. Page 14.

Children's Play Yards - Children's Play Areas - Backyard Play Spaces
Children spend lots of their time outdoors. Whether your outdoor space is large or small, you need to designate a special area just for kids. Include your children in planning and creating your project. What will you build? For starters, how about a playhouse, jungle gym, fort, sandbox or lemonade stand?

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Pictures of the Paul Ecke Poinsettia Ranch
Encinitas, California, is where many of the world's top flower growers produce the most breathtaking blooms, including poinsettias at the Paul Ecke Ranch.

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Luxurious Playhouse Design Ideas
Each of the amazing playhouse designs for Project Playhouse are built by teams of professionals. Get ideas as you look through this slideshow.

Designing with Poinsettias in the Landscape
Discover ways to decorate outdoors with beautiful poinsettias: on porches, patios, decks, entries and in the garden during the holidays.

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Grilled Sandwiches and Pizza
Try out About.com's many recipes for grilled pizzas and sandwiches.

Outdoor Entertaining Requires Great Food From the Grill
We've gathered some of the tastiest recipes from About.com's amazing chefs and food writers. Consider it kind of a Party Central for outdoor entertaining.

Vegetables and Vegeterian Cuisine on the Grill
Almost every vegetable tastes better when it's grilled. Try our many veggie recipes for the bbq.

Salads
Salads are the perfect accompaniments to whatever is being cooked on the grill. Check out our many recipes for salads.

Side Dishes for Outdoor Parties and Picnics
It seems like we're always looking for a better side dish recipe. Look no further: these will go perfectly with your grilled main dish

Dining Outdoors: Desserts
Top off your delicious dinner from the grill with one of our many summer desserts.

Entertaining Outdoors: Non-Alcoholic Beverages
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Backyard Party Menus: Alcoholic Beverages
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Hamburgers
Test out About.com's tasty hamburger recipes for the outdoor grill and check out our other bbq favorites.

BBQ Sauces and Rubs
Looking for a new recipe for bbq sauce or rubs? Try out About.com's top sauces and rubs, a long with other grill favorites.

Hot Dogs and Sausage
You'll find a hot dog to please everyone among our collection of bbq recipes.

Steaks on the Grill
We do steaks right, and show you recipes and methods for grilling the best.

Chicken / Pollo
Come here to find dozens of ways to cook chicken on the grill, along with other bbq favorites.

Fish and Seafood
Love seafood on the grill? Good: we've got some of the most delicious recipes you'l every try.

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Meat lovers: check out our recipes for pork, ribs, and other meats cooked on the grill.

Kebobs and Skewers
Thai kebabs, vegeterian kebabs, and more traditional chicken skewers - we've got dozens of kebab recipes for you to cook on the grill.

Types of Pool Cleaners
Which type of pool cleaner or vacuum is the best choice for you? Discover the various types and find out what's best for your pool and budget.

How to Use a Pool Test Kit to Check Water Quality
How do you use an at-home pool test kit? Follow these easy instructions to check the quality of your swimming pool water and keep it clean.

How to Use a Swimming Pool Test Kit - Where to Store Pool Test Kit and Chemicals
After using your pool test kit, rinse everything and pack it in a cool, dry place. Follow our easy instructions.

Using a Swimming Pool Test Kit: Dip the Plastic Tester
Dip the plastic tester into your pool for an accurate

Using a Swimming Pool Test Kit -- Checking Your Swimming Pool's Water Quality
You are testing your pool or spa water with an at-home pool test kit? Fill the small vial to the

Pool Test Kit - Check a Pool's Water Quality
Add the solution from the pool test kit and continue to follow these easy instructions to use your pool test kit like a pro.

Using a Swimming Pool Test Kit -- Checking Your Swimming Pool's Water Quality
If you want to check your pool's water quality, you will need a kit that tests basics like pH levels and alkalinity. Follow these easy instructions.

Using a Swimming Pool Test Kit - Color Comparison
While using your pool test kit, you're going to need to conduct a color comparison. Follow these easy instructions.

Using a Swimming Pool Test Kit for Ph Levels
While testing your pool water, fill the large tube to the top solid line. Add solution and swirl.

Using a Swimming Pool Test Kit - Acid Demand Test
Continue testing your pool's pH levels with the acid demand titrant. Follow these instructions.

Using a Swimming Pool Test Kit to Check Water Quality
Follow these easy instructions to use your pool test kit like a pro. Here, you test for total alkalinity.

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Creative Halloween Ideas for Outdoor Spaces
Get your Halloween spirit on! Big or small, your outdoor space needs to be transformed into something festive for Halloween.

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Creative Halloween Ideas for Outdoor Spaces
Get your Halloween spirit on! Big or small, your outdoor space needs to be transformed into something festive for Halloween.

Fall Outdoor Decorating Ideas
Fall is often cited as the favorite season for people to decorate outdoors. The change of seasons - leaves, pumpkins and Halloween - inspire DIYers to hang wreaths on doors, pumpkins on porches and patios, and spooky decor in their front and back yards. Autumn ideas and inspiration await!

Sources for Cheap Outdoor Patio Furniture
It's time for new outdoor furniture, but your budget won't bend. We show you how to look past the obvious and traditional sources for a nice surprise.

Consignment, Thrift, and Architectural Salvage
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Shop Sales for Deep Discounts Off Outdoor Furniture
Check stores that carry outdoor furniture as seasonal items for deep discounts at the end of the season.

Looking for Budget Outdoor Furniture - Ebay, Craigslist
A smart place to find cheap outdoor furniture is online. Whether you want new or vintage, sites like Craigslist and Ebay may have what you want.

Do the DIY Thing - Make Your Own Outdoor Furniture
Sharpen your DIY skills and make a piece or garden furniture. It's inexpensive, unique, and something to be proud of.

Recycling and Repurposing Outdoor Furniture
Try recycling or repurposing another piece of furniture or an object to use outdoors. It's one of several tips for saving money on furnishings.

Finding Cheap Furniture - Family or Friends Downsizing?
Need outdoor furniture? How about asking friends or family who or moving or downsizing if you can

Outdoor Furniture and Accessories
Now that you know where to look for inexpensive patio furniture, discover how to choose fabric and make outdoor cushions.

Yard Sales, Garage Sales and Estate Sales
Looking for inexpensive outdoor furniture? Check out a yard sale, garage or estate sale in your area for low-cost furnishings.

Buy Off-Season, Like Off, Off-Season
Buy outdoor garden furniture off-season, like during the winter holidays, for deep savings.

Cheap Outdoor Furniture: Fixing What You Own
Shopping for garden furniture but on a limited budget? Try fixing what you already own, or re-covering pillows or reupholstering cushions.

Decks for All Kinds of Spaces
Decks are a beautiful and profitable addition to a home. Are you prepared to do it yourself or do you think you'll hire a contractor? Either way, you'll need to do some research to determine location, size, design, pattern, and the type of wood or composite decking you favor. Railing and stairs? Built-in seating or planters? What will you use your deck for?

Beginning Your Deck-Building Project
The hardest part of building a deck may be planning and designing it. The free plans we've researched will hopefully serve as a springboard.

Free Deck Designs - Redwood Freestanding Deck
Follow these free deck plans from the California Redwood Association to build a freestanding structure for your yard.

Deck Over Concrete Slab - Free Deck Plans
These free deck plans will help you build over an existing concrete patio or slab.

TimberTech Free Deck Plans
TimberTech composite decking provides a free tool to help you build a great-looking deck for your outdoor living space.

Popular Mechanics Above-Ground Pool Deck Plans
This deck from Popular Mechanics is an above-ground pool deck made of pressure-treated wood. Better yet, the plans are free.

Deck Building Guide and Plan - American Wood Council
This guide to building a deck from the American Wood Council gives you a comprehensive lesson on what's involved in deck construction. And it's free.

Decks - Wood or Composite?
Now that you know you want to build a deck, you'll need to choose materials. Discover the best type of wood or material for your project.

What Not to Plant in Your Poolside Garden - Messy Plants
Are you tired of removing plant debris from your swimming pool? Find out if your trees or shrubs are on our

Honeysuckle - Messy Vines to Plant Near Pools
Sweet-smelling honeysuckle is a lovely vine or shrub for the garden, but creates a mess near pools. Discover other plants you don't want near the pool.

Messy Poolside Plants - Acacia
On the list of messiest trees and shrubs to plant near your pool: acacia. Discover what else made the list.

Bamboo - Messy Pool Area Plants
Bamboo planted near a backyard pool looks exotic and tropical, but leaves a mess. Find out what else creates lots of plant debris.

Bougainvillea - Messy Pool Area Plants
Bougainvillea is vibrant and drought tolerant, but also makes a mess when planted poolside. Find out what else creates lots of plant litter.

Trees That Shed - Crape Myrtle
Crape myrtle trees are elegant beauties, but make a mess when they shed near pools. Discover other plants you don't want to plant near a pool.

Tulip Tree
Tulip trees are breathtaking in the spring, but creates lots of litter for your pool. Find out what other plants you don't want in your pool landscaping.

Messy Pool Area Plants - Azalea
Azaleas are popular and beautiful, but also leave lots of flower and leaf litter. Discover other plants that are messy choices to plant poolside.

Messy Poolside Plants - Bottlebrush
Bottlebrush hedges are excellent as privacy screens, but they make a mess when planted nar a pool. Find out what else creates lots of leaf litter.

Plants That are Messy Near Pools - Dwarf Arborvitae
Arborvitae make great landscaping plants, but clog up pool filters. Find out what other plants you don't want near the pool.

Messy Poolside Plants - Flowering Cherry or Plum Tree
Flowering cherry and plum trees are gorgeous in bloom, but make a mess in your pool. Discover other plants you don't want poolside.

Choosing Privacy Fences or Screens for Your Yard
Need outdoor privacy? Regardless of your property's size, some areas of your yard need to be private. Follow these tips to find the right type.

Can I Take My Houseplant Outdoors?
Does your houseplant long to move outside? Find out how to prepare it for a successful transition to the great outdoors of your patio or yard.

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Landscaping - Choose the Best Types of Hardscaping
Not sure what material to use for your hardscaping project? What even is hardscape? We help you cut through the confusion and pick the best materials.

OXO Good Grips Ice Bucket and Ice Tongs - Review and Test of Oxo Ice Bucket and Ice Tongs
The Oxo Good Grips Ice Bucket is quite good looking, with a sleek, modern Euro design. But does it do its job as well as it looks? How does it hold up outdoors on a hot summer day? We put it to the test to see if the ice cubes remained ice cubes or melted into a bucket of water after several hours on a deck. Find out how the Oxo Good Grips Ice Bucket holds up on a typically hot summer day. Would you trust it to keep things cold for your next patio party? Read on.

OXO Good Grips Ice Bucket and Ice Tongs - Review and Test of Oxo Ice Bucket and Ice Tongs
The Oxo Good Grips Ice Bucket is quite good looking, with a sleek, modern Euro design. But does it do its job as well as it looks? How does it hold up outdoors on a hot summer day? We put it to the test to see if the ice cubes remained ice cubes or melted into a bucket of water after several hours on a deck. Find out how the Oxo Good Grips Ice Bucket holds up on a typically hot summer day. Would you trust it to keep things cold for your next patio party? Read on.

OXO Good Grips Ice Bucket and Ice Tongs - Review and Test of Oxo Ice Bucket and Ice Tongs
The Oxo Good Grips Ice Bucket is quite good looking, with a sleek, modern Euro design. But does it do its job as well as it looks? How does it hold up outdoors on a hot summer day? We put it to the test to see if the ice cubes remained ice cubes or melted into a bucket of water after several hours on a deck. Find out how the Oxo Good Grips Ice Bucket holds up on a typically hot summer day. Would you trust it to keep things cold for your next patio party? Read on.

OXO Good Grips Ice Bucket and Ice Tongs - Review and Test of Oxo Ice Bucket and Ice Tongs
The Oxo Good Grips Ice Bucket is quite good looking, with a sleek, modern Euro design. But does it do its job as well as it looks? How does it hold up outdoors on a hot summer day? We put it to the test to see if the ice cubes remained ice cubes or melted into a bucket of water after several hours on a deck. Find out how the Oxo Good Grips Ice Bucket holds up on a typically hot summer day. Would you trust it to keep things cold for your next patio party? Read on.

OXO Good Grips Ice Bucket and Ice Tongs - Review and Test of Oxo Ice Bucket and Ice Tongs
The Oxo Good Grips Ice Bucket is quite good looking, with a sleek, modern Euro design. But does it do its job as well as it looks? How does it hold up outdoors on a hot summer day? We put it to the test to see if the ice cubes remained ice cubes or melted into a bucket of water after several hours on a deck. Find out how the Oxo Good Grips Ice Bucket holds up on a typically hot summer day. Would you trust it to keep things cold for your next patio party? Read on.

OXO Good Grips Ice Bucket and Ice Tongs - Review and Test of Oxo Ice Bucket and Ice Tongs
The Oxo Good Grips Ice Bucket is quite good looking, with a sleek, modern Euro design. But does it do its job as well as it looks? How does it hold up outdoors on a hot summer day? We put it to the test to see if the ice cubes remained ice cubes or melted into a bucket of water after several hours on a deck. Find out how the Oxo Good Grips Ice Bucket holds up on a typically hot summer day. Would you trust it to keep things cold for your next patio party? Read on.

OXO Good Grips Ice Bucket and Ice Tongs - Review and Test of Oxo Ice Bucket and Ice Tongs
The Oxo Good Grips Ice Bucket is quite good looking, with a sleek, modern Euro design. But does it do its job as well as it looks? How does it hold up outdoors on a hot summer day? We put it to the test to see if the ice cubes remained ice cubes or melted into a bucket of water after several hours on a deck. Find out how the Oxo Good Grips Ice Bucket holds up on a typically hot summer day. Would you trust it to keep things cold for your next patio party? Read on.

OXO Good Grips Ice Bucket and Ice Tongs - Review and Test of Oxo Ice Bucket and Ice Tongs
The Oxo Good Grips Ice Bucket is quite good looking, with a sleek, modern Euro design. But does it do its job as well as it looks? How does it hold up outdoors on a hot summer day? We put it to the test to see if the ice cubes remained ice cubes or melted into a bucket of water after several hours on a deck. Find out how the Oxo Good Grips Ice Bucket holds up on a typically hot summer day. Would you trust it to keep things cold for your next patio party? Read on.

So You Want to Build a Deck?
Whether your deck is new or in need of repair or upgrade, it's something that you can't build and just leave alone. We cover everything about decks.

Deck Safety Checklist
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Deck Plans and Designs
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What's the Difference Between a Patio and a Deck?
What is the difference between an outdoor patio and a deck? Discover the distinction between the two and which one is right for you.

All Decked Out: Building Wood and Composite Decks
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Wood Types for Decks
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Wood and Composite Decking: Pros and Cons
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A Guide to Composite Decking Brands
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How to Clean a Deck
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Pool Area Landscaping - Natives vs. Exotics
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What to Consider Before Landscaping by a Swimming Pool
Landscaping near a pool takes time and consideration. Before making an impulsive trip to the nursery do your research. Follow our tips before poolscaping.

Poolscaping: Things to Think About
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Low-Maintenance Landscaping - Plants Near Pools
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Pool and Spa Landscaping: Invasive Roots
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Swimming Pool Landscaping - Ultimate Size
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Small Garden Designs - Outdoor Rooms and Hideaways
Enjoy these secret garden and outdoor room ideas, however small they may be. Follow these suggestions to maximize the space.

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Small Garden Designs - Outdoor Rooms and Hideaways
Enjoy these secret garden and outdoor room ideas, however small they may be. Follow these suggestions to maximize the space.

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Shark Party Decor for Your Yard - Shark Pool Toys
To help you plan a shark party, we've found an assortment of shark products and decorations that will make your guests' jaws drop in awe.

The 10 Worst Outdoor Party Ideas
Ever attend a really bad party held outdoors? Consult this list of the top 10 occasions and themes to stay away from when planning a party or celebration.

Recycle Grass
Recycle grass clippings and blow them on the lawn to keep the grass cool during the summer.

Wear Less - Cooling Off in Hot Weather
Wear fewer and more lightweight clothing during the hot months of summer, especially if you'll be spending time outside.

How to Cool Down When the Heat Turns Up
Fed up with the heat? Instead of giving up, get smart with DIY projects, retrofits and common sense to keep your yard cooler.

Install Awnings
How do you cool off outdoors during the summer? Follow our tips

Go Swimming
Discover several ways to cool off when the temperatures climb during the hottest months of the year.

Plant Trees
Trees are a natural way to cool down your home during the warm months of the year.

Outdoor Ceiling Fans
Install fans outdoors to cool off during the hot months of summer.

Screens and Shades
Screens, shades, and curtains are an easy and simple way to cool down when temps soar.

Cook Outside
Get out of the kitchen and cook outside to cool off during the hot summer months.

No Lighter Fluid
Discover ways to beat the heat outside during the hot summer months.

Ice Cubes
What's a good way to cool off during the summer? Ice cubes, for you and your pets.

Ban Fumes
Postpone projects that use chemicals during the hottest months of the year.

Replace Incandescent Light Bulbs
Replace light bulbs with LEDs to keep your outdoor space cooler.

Rethink Landscape Lighting
Rethink the type of lighting you use outdoors and where you use it to cut down on energy and cool off.

Install a Cool Roof
What's a cool roof and why do you want one for your house? Find out!

Wood and Composite Decking: Pros and Cons
Wood or composite decking, or something else? Start your research here and become familiar with types of authentic and synthetic decking.

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Landscaping Ideas for Pool Areas - Pictures
We've searched for plants that would grow well next to a swimming pool and look good with the rest of your landscaping. Look what we discovered.

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Patio Ideas: Materials for Your Pool Deck
Every pool needs decking. Discover the best types for your particular in-ground pool, along with pros and cons of each of the materials.

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Pool Party Lights, Fountains and Inflatables
The pool party is at your house! Be sure and supply fun and festive fountains, underwater light shows, inflatables, pool toys and other waterworks and accessories.

White House Pools, Spas and Water Features
Take a tour of the pools, spas, and water features at the most famous home in the U.S.: the White House. Catch a glimpse of presidential families.

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White House Pools, Spas and Water Features
Take a tour of the pools, spas, and water features at the most famous home in the U.S.: the White House. Catch a glimpse of presidential families.

Popular Automatic Cleaners for Inground Swimming Pools
The next-best thing to having a weekly

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Above-Ground Swimming Pools - Designs, Shapes and Sizes
Above-ground swimming pools are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. They cost less than in-ground pools, a point that not lost on pool shoppers.

Pink Flamingo in the Snow - Blow Mold Plastic Pink Flamingo
A pink plastic flamingo that makes an appearance at Christmas time. Some of the plastic blow molds were made by Union Products, Inc., of Leominster, Massachusetts. Union Products was a plastics factory in business for 50 years that was famous for giving birth to the iconic plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament, which was designed by Don Featherstone.

Blow Mold Gingerbread Men - Blowmold Xmas Decorations
Blow mold figures decorate the lawn of a home North Carolina. Some of the plastic blow molds were made by Union Products, Inc., of Leominster, Massachusetts.

Blow Mold Christmas Sheep - Blow Mold Outdoor Christmas Decorations
A flock of illuminated plastic sheep lie patiently in the grass, probably somewhere near a blow mold nativity scene.

Blow Mold Penguins, Outdoor Christmas Decorations - Blow Molds
Blow mold penguins stand watch in the front yard of the Pierson family of Boise, Idaho. Mike Pierson decorated his vintage pick-up truck with light strands to emphasize its classic lines.

Blow Mold Manger Scene - Blow Mold Nativity - Christmas Blow Mold Decorations
Minor details like lack of snow and stereotypical winter scenes don't keep residents in warm climates from celebrating and decorating for Christmas.

Blow Molds Buried in Snow - Blow Mold Christmas Decorations Covered With Snow
The blow mold cast of the Freeman family's front yard Christmas display peer out from a massive snow storm that was part of the North American December 2010 blizzard on December 25-27. A major nor'easter, the snow event brought cities to a halt from Florida to Maine and parts of Canada, and dumped 12 and 32 inches of snow in the areas affected.

Blow Mold Elf With Presents - Blow Mold Xmas Figures
An elf carrying a big pile of presents decorates the yard of a house in Cary, North Carolina. This blow mold is newer, and was probably designed in the 1980s. Earlier blow mold decorations were usually single standing characters, while more recent designs were more animated looking.

Blow Mold Choir Chicago - Largest Plastic Blow Mold Lawn Choir Singers - Blow Mold Xmas
A plastic blow mold choir performs on a front lawn at a residence in Glenview, Illinois.

Pictures of Blow Mold Christmas Decorations
Enjoy this nostalgic slideshow featuring photos of front yards decorated with vintage and retro blow mold Christmas decorations.

Blow Mold Snowman on Porch - Blow Mold Christmas Decorations
If you find that your blow mold decoration has faded or been scratched up through the years, it is possible to repair it. The Planet Christmas website is a sort of clearinghouse for do-it-yourself holiday decorators.

Blow Mold Reindeer - Vintage Outdoor Christmas Decorations
Eartha Kitsch scouted for plastic blow mold reindeer before hitting the jackpot one day at a local thrift store.

Blow Mold Nativity Closeup - Outdoor Christmas Decorations
Photographer Marcus Bradbury, aka Lumberg the Loquacious Llama, got a low, closeup shot of a friend's blow mold nativity scene for a different perspective.

Skinny Santa Blow Molds - Blow Mold Xmas Decorations
Twin skinny Santa Claus blow mold decorations stand by a backyard swimming pool in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Some of the skinny Santa blow molds were made by Empire Plastics.

Blow Molds in the Snow - Blow Molds at Christmas
Blow mold holiday figures take on a different appeal when they are lit-up on a lawn with a light covering of snow. This is the yard of the Freeman family in Cary, North Carolina, where they have more than 200 plastic blow mold figures, along with a few more contemporary decorations, like airblown inflatables.

Retro Entryway With Blow Mold Decorations - Blow Mold Plastic Candles
The owners of this Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home enjoy decorating with vintage holiday decorations, both inside and out. The blow mold candles were bought at a local thrift store for $1 each, while the lighted bells in the middle of the wreath were on his door when he was a child.

Candy Cane Blow Molds - Blow Mold Christmas Decorations - Retro Blow Molds
Candy cane blow mold decorations add a soft glow to a highly decorated house in Wilmington, Delaware. While some purists prefer a blow-molds-only style of decorating, others enjoy combining types and eras of decorations -- blow molds, the new inflatables, older homemade wood cut-outs.

How to Make Fake Moss for Halloween Props
Those fake tombstones you buy or make, usually from foam, can get some instant aging by applying faux moss made from common, everyday clothes-dryer lint.

Halloween Yard Props - How to Make Fake Moss for Halloween Tombstone Props
Details like the Mitchells' faux moss technique help to make their Pensacola, Florida, yard haunt, Mitchell Cemetary, appear authentic.

Make Fake Moss for Halloween Tombstone Props - How to Make Faux Moss with Dryer Lint
Here's a good motivator to do an extra load or two of laundry -- the more dryer lint, the more faux moss you can make.

How to Make Fake Moss for Halloween Tombstone Props - How to Make Faux Moss with Dryer Lint - Use Dryer Lint To 'Age' Halloween Yard Props
Those fake tombstones you buy or make, usually from foam, can get some instant aging by applying faux moss made from common, everyday clothes-dryer lint.

How to Make Faux Moss with Dryer Lint - Use Dryer Lint To 'Age' Halloween Yard Props
Add some of the craft glue, then squirt the paint from one or more of the green craft paint bottles to get the desired color of moss for your tombstone.

How to Make Fake Moss for Halloween Tombstone Props - How to Make Faux Moss with Dryer Lint - Use Dryer Lint To 'Age' Halloween Yard Props
Use a gloved hand -- preferably a real one -- to gently mix the lint and liquids until all are moss colored.

Fake Moss - How to Make Fake Moss for Halloween Tombstone Props
Make sure you apply the faux moss immediately, before the glue and paint in the mixture dry out.

Halloween Tombstone Props - How to Make Faux Moss with Dryer Lint
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How to Make Fake Moss for Halloween Tombstone Props
Make your fake Halloween tombstone props look more authentic by covering them with fake moss. Here's how.

How to Make Fake Moss for Halloween Tombstone Props
Continuing to make fake tombstones look creepy for Halloween, we are adding faux moss. Here, Lynne Mitchell adds

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Inside the White House Grounds
Take a historical tour of the White House's yard -- where the president and first lady might enjoy a quiet lunch outside, or where kids can play.

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