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Must-Read New Home and Garden Books
Discover the newest and best-selling home and garden books, for yourself or to buy as a gift for a friend or family member who loves spending time outdoors.

Where to Put a Hot Tub
You've decided to get a hot tub or spa, but where should you put it? Find out the right and wrong places before making your next move.

Design 'Don'ts' When Planning a Japanese Garden
When designing a Japanese-style garden, you may have lots of ideas and features you'd like to use. Before getting too far, discover what not to do.

Light Up the Night With Beautiful Outdoor Lanterns
Lanterns are a beautiful way to light up your yard at night. Discover our choices that include solar, LED and candle lanterns.

What is a Belvedere Used For?
What is a belvedere used for and how does it figure in an outdoor landscape? Discover its meaning, along with other definitions for the word.

What is the Difference Between a Baluster and Balustrade?
What are balusters and balustrades, and what is the difference between the two? Learn the meanings of both words, and how they relate to your home and landscape.

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.

What is a Saltwater Pool? - Salt Chlorine Generators
Saltwater pools have become popular in both public and private pools as a method of pool cleaning. Gone is the aroma of chlorine, and in its place is a slightly salty smell.

What is Croquet? - A Brief History of the Lawn Game and How to Play it
How do you play croquet? It's one of the oldest and longest-lasting outdoor games to play on a lawn. Learn its history and how to set up a game.

What is a Shed? Outdoor Structures and Backyard Sheds
A small building, usually situated in a backyard or side yard of a home. Sheds can be simple or elaborate, small or large, store-bought or a project for the do-it-yourselfer. Sheds are used for various purposes, including: Potting shed, lawn mower and yard equipment shed.

Garden Bridges - Using a Bridge in a Japanese Landscape Design
Bridges are one of the most iconic symbols in Japanese gardens. Learn about the types of bridges and the best materials to use for building one.

What are Trellises Used For? - Definition of Garden Trellis
So, what, exactly, is a trellis? You know it's a structure of some kind that can be found in a landscape or yard. Discover what you can do with a trellis.

Pool Parts: Get to Know Your Swimming Pool
Do you know the parts of your swimming pool? While there won't be a quiz, it's good to learn about the main components of that big body of water in your yard.

Top Choices in Outdoor Patio Cushions and Pillows
Outdoor pillows and cushions vary in price, depending on the fabric or brand. Digging to find deals may get you a chic pillow that looks expensive.

The Best Outdoor Wreaths for Christmas Holidays
Whether you want one wreath or a dozen, these beauties have been personally checked out and are sure to be a favorite decoration year after year.

What is DG, or Decomposed Granite?
If you've ever walked along a dirt path at a botanical garden or park, chances are it wasn't just plain old dirt. Find out what decomposed granite is.

How to Choose Paving Materials - Tips for Choosing Paving
When choosing paving materials for a patio, path pool surround, it's important to approach the project with open-mindedness and flexibility. Here's how.

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.

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
Designers Shawn and Lynne Mitchell, authors of

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

How to Make Fake Moss for Halloween Tombstone 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.

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
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 - 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.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 4.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 13.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 11.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 9.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 5.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. This bewitching Halloween entryway can be found in the historical Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Enchanting colors -- orange, lime green, soft purple, yellow and red -- and clever lighting make this house a real head-turner. Page 2.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 18.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 7.

Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. Check out these elegant ideas that are more flair than scare.

Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. Check out these elegant ideas that are more flair than scare.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 3.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 6.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 8.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 15.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Homemade Halloween Decorations for Your Door
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 14.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 10.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 17.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 19.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 12.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 16.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 20.

What is the Definition of an Accessory Building?
What is an accessory building? Discover if that structure on your property falls under accessory zoning laws and what to do about it.

Home and Garden Gift Ideas - Outdoor Gifts for Women, Guys and Children
Think outside of the house for those on your gift list. Consult our gift suggestions and enjoy your shopping excursion!

Gifts For Outdoor Patio Lovers
Some guys like to spend their days outdoors.These outdoorsy guy gifts are for the Patio Daddy-O,with a twist.No wacky gag gifts or wear-once t-shirts here.

Gifts For Outdoor Patio Lovers
Some guys like to spend their days outdoors.These outdoorsy guy gifts are for the Patio Daddy-O,with a twist.No wacky gag gifts or wear-once t-shirts here.

Pool & Patio Glossary
What exactly is an algaecide? How can I tell the difference between a patio and a deck or terrace? Learn pool-, hot tub-, and spa-related terms, along with everything related to patios, verandas, gazebos and more. Two separate glossaries help you locate that word or term relating to pools, patios and outdoor living.

What Is a Gazebo Used For?
What is a gazebo? It's a structure typically used in a yard or an outdoor area. Discover what it is and if it might be the right thing for your yard.

Preparing Your Swimming Pool for a Storm or Hurricane
If a storm or hurricane is approaching, the last thing you want to worry about is what to do about your swimming pool or spa. Review these helpful tips.

Metal Lawn Chairs and Gliders History
Where did those metal lawn chairs, gliders and other steel outdoor furniture get their start? A Texas company produces powder-coated metal lawn furniture that's built to last.

How to Contact Your Hot Tub or Spa Manufacturer
For your convenience: a directory with the names and contact information for manufacturers and makers of hot tubs and spas.

How to Contact Your Hot Tub or Spa Manufacturer
For your convenience: a directory with the names and contact information for manufacturers and makers of hot tubs and spas.

Patio Furniture: Types and Materials - Garden Furniture Guide
Before shopping for outdoor furniture, research our guide to brands, styles, materials, histories, and just about everything you need to know.

DIY Swimming Pool and Spa Cleaning and Maintenance
There's a big world out there with pool test kits, vacuums, plumbing, and circulation. Don't worry, we'll explain things so you can clean like a pro!

What Is Coping? - Reasons for Pool Coping and Edging
What is pool coping? Besides being a structural part of the pool, find out how it is integral to the design and function of a swimming pool.

A Guide to Owning an Above-Ground Pool
If an in-ground swimming pool isn't in your future for whatever reason, maybe an above ground pool is the solution. Consult this ultimate guide.

What is a Courtyard?
What is a courtyard? Discover the history and modern uses of this outdoor space that may be the next addition to your home.

Diving Safety Rules - Safe Diving Tips for Swimming Pools
Diving in residential pools is not smart, and many areas have banned diving boards for private pools. Learn 10 diving rules for private pools.

What is an Awning? - Reasons to Use Outdoor Awnings
What are awnings, and why would you want one or more for the exterior of your house? Learn their history, how they can cool things off, indoors and out.

What Is Resin Wicker? All-Weather Wicker Furniture
Casual furniture manufacturers came up with a wicker alternative built to last: all-weather wicker, or resin wicker. Woven with polyethylene resin fibers on a sturdy frame, these chairs and tables will withstand the elements, time and use. Learn why you might want to buy it next time you go shopping for garden furniture.

What Is an Infinity Pool?
Infinity-edge pools are meant to be photographed. They are the ultimate in luxury, taking the concept of a private pool to an entirely different level.

When is the Best Time to Pour a Concrete Patio?
Is there a perfect time of year to pour concrete for outdoor projects? Spring, fall or some other time, perhaps? Find out before you plan a patio or other project.

Listing of Online Pool Saltwater Calculators
How much salt should you put in your swimming pool? We've assembled a list of saltwater calculators to help you get it right.

Cast Iron Garden Furniture History and Overview
Metal is metal -- correct? Not really. In the context of garden furniture, metal can include aluminum, steel, wrought iron and cast iron. How can you tell one from another? Let's learn more about cast iron, including its history.

What is an Atrium Used for?
What is an atrium and how does it figure in the design of your home and yard? Learn about atriums and how to design one to maximize its potential.

Palm Trees Bring the Tropics to Your Home - Palmates
Palm trees evoke images of a tropical paradise in your own yard. Learn about palmate-style palms for your home landscaping.

Queen Palm
The queen palm from Brazil makes a stately tree for a tropical home garden. Learn about it and other palms with palmate fronds.

Windmill Palm - Popular Palm Trees for Home Gardens
Windmill palm trees are extremely popular with home gardeners, as patio trees, container specimens or in the landscape.

Mediterranean Fan Palm
Mediterranean fan palms are cold-tolerant trees that make attractive landscaping plants. Learn about these and other palmate-style palm trees.

Canary Island Date Palm
Canary Island date palms are strikingly beautiful trees that make a statement in a front or back yard. Discover why.

Chinese Fan Palm
The Chinese fan palm is a fan-shaped tree that is drought tolerant, making it a wise choice for home gardens in dry regions.

Areca Palm - Palmate Palm Trees for Home Gardens
Discover why the areca palm might be a great tree for your home garden. Also known as the butterfly palm, this palm hails from Madagascar.

Sago Palm - The Top Palms for Home Landscaping
While not a true palm, the sago palm looks like one and is considered an ideal landscape plant. Learn more about it and other small palms.

Jelly Palm - Pinnate Palm Trees for Your Yard
The jelly palm tree is has feather-like leaves and is great for home landscaping. Learn about it and other pinnate-style palms.

Pygmy Date Palm - Best Palms for Home Gardens
The pygmy date palm is a pinnate-style tree with feathery leaves that is ideal for home gardens. Learn about it and other palm trees.

Christmas Palm - Pinnate Palm Trees for Home Gardens
The delicate Christmas palm tree gets its name for the red fruits that bloom in December. Find out about it and other pinnate palms.

Bottle Palm - The Top Pinnate Palms for Your Yarad
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The Best of the Bunch: Pinnate Palms
Palms make a back or front yard look tropical and exotic. Find out the best pinnate-style palm trees to plant in your garden.

Bismarck Palm - The Best Palm Trees for Your Home
The Bismarck palm tree is one of the most striking palms to plant in a home landscape. Find out about it and other palms with pinnate leaves.

Quick Ways to Say, 'It's Fall' on Your Porch or Patio
Have you decorated for fall? Go shopping online. We've picked some easy decorations that will have your yard and porch looking like fall in no time.

Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July - Red, White and Blue Flowers for 4th of July
Check out this list of patriotic-colored flowers in red, white and blue to decorate your yard and porch in style. Page 2.

Patriotic Porch Ideas
Decorating for the 4th of July, Memorial Day and other all-American holidays takes place outdoors. These patriotic holidays occur during spring and summer and are centered around outdoor activities. Decorate your porch, patio, deck or other outdoor room with pillows, flags, plants, containers, bunting and other accessories in red, white and blue. Join us on a patriotic tour of festive porches, patios and houses -- hopefully something will spark an idea for your outdoor space. Page 3.

Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July - Patriotic Porch, Patio and Deck Decorations - Patriotic Porches and Patios - Decorating for Fourth of July
Follow our ideas for decorating your outdoor space in red, white and blue for the next patriotic holiday.

Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July - Patriotic Porch, Patio and Deck Decorations
Decorate your porch, patio, deck or other outdoor room with pillows, flags, plants, containers, bunting and other accessories in red, white and blue.

Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July - Patriotic Porch, Patio and Deck Decorations - Patriotic Porches and Patios - Decorating for Fourth of July
Decorating for the 4th of July, Memorial Day and other all-American holidays takes place outdoors. These patriotic holidays occur during spring and summer and are centered around outdoor activities. Decorate your porch, patio, deck or other outdoor room with pillows, flags, plants, containers, bunting and other accessories in red, white and blue. Join us on a patriotic tour of festive porches, patios and houses -- hopefully something will spark an idea for your outdoor space. Page 4.

Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July - Patriotic Porch, Patio and Deck Decorations - Patriotic Porches and Patios - Decorating for Fourth of July
Decorating for the 4th of July, Memorial Day and other all-American holidays takes place outdoors. These patriotic holidays occur during spring and summer and are centered around outdoor activities. Decorate your porch, patio, deck or other outdoor room with pillows, flags, plants, containers, bunting and other accessories in red, white and blue. Join us on a patriotic tour of festive porches, patios and houses -- hopefully something will spark an idea for your outdoor space. Page 5.

Old Fashioned White Porch with American Flag - Patriotic Porch With Flag Americana
Picture of white-painted porch with American flag. A perfect, Americana scene. Page 6.

What is Pool PH?
What is pool pH? Discover how maintaining the correct level of pH can keep your pool clean.

6 Smart Reasons Not to Have a Pool
Is a swimming pool on your list of

Budget Shopping Sources for an Outdoor Party
Follow our smart suggestions for where to shop for inexpensive party supplies for our next outdoor bash.

Furnishings for an Outdoor Party
Throwing an outdoor party but short on furniture? Buy some inexpensive patio chairs, borrow some, or bring them from inside.

Budget Outdoor Party Planning: Mood Music
Music is an integral part of a good party. Make sure you have time too put together a great playlist for your next outdoor party.

Inexpensive Party Decorations
Check out our ideas for inexpensive party decorations that won't bust your budget. Some are surprisingly simple!

Menu: Grilling and BBQs
What do you serve for your next outdoor party if you don't have a big budget? As long as there's a grill, you don't have to worry.

Throwing an Inexpensive Outdoor Party
Follow our tips and ideas for budget-saving ways to throw a fun and festive outdoor party. We include food, decor and themes.

Inexpensive Outdoor Accessories for Outdoor Parties
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Themes for Cheap Outdoor Parties
Need a theme for your budget-conscious outdoor party? Plan wisely and your guests will have fun at a luau, retro cocktail party, or other get together.

The Top 10 Fall Wreaths to Buy
Most of us don't have the time to make a fall wreath. No worry: we've found 10 of the best and brightest for your front door.

Decorate Your Yard and Home 'Vegas' Style
Get inspired by the Bellagio's gorgeous Harvest Show display, with pumpkins, trees with faces, and many spirited designs.

DIY Guide to Cutting and Grooming Ornamental Grasses
Ornamental grasses are increasingly popular, but it's difficult to tame them once they start to grow. Follow our steps for cutting and grooming them.

Welcoming Entries for Fall
Porches look their coziest and most welcoming at fall, with warm hues and pumpkins displayed on the steps. See our slides for ideas.

Fall Decorating Ideas for Outer Spaces
This vivid slideshow features pictures of fall colors in yards, on patios, and porches, mixed with accents like pumpkins and gourds.

Tips and Ideas for Autumn Outdoor Decor
For many, the turning leaves, fall colors and change of seasons is many home decorators' favorite time of year. Follow our tips for projects and ideas.

Fall Projects: DIY Videos
In the mood for a quick DIY fall decor project? Watch one of these info-packed videos to make decorations for your door, patio or porch.

Cheap Outdoor Patio Tables 2011 - Budget-Friendly Patio Side Tables
You're kicking back on the patio, enjoying the day, but something's missing. Chair? Check. Favorite beverage? Got it. Something upon which to put that favorite beverage? That's it. A side table, accent table, occasional table, garden table, patio table -- whatever you want to call it, it's a necessary part of the furniture arrangement when you move your life outside. We've explored far and wide to find the best patio tables for 2011. Take your pick!

Pool and Spa Tools - Types of Pool Brushes - Spa Brushes
Maintaining a pool or spa is something that you can definitely do-it-yourself, provided you have the right tools for the job. Learn about pool brushes.

Top Decorations for a Luau Tiki Party
Luaus and tropical-themed parties are the most popular theme for backyard parties. Follow our tips for a festive tiki bash that will thrill your guests.

Shark Party Decor for Your Yard - Shark Pool Toys
To help you plan a shark-themed party or shark-inspired outdoor decor, we've found an assortment of shark products -- like pool toys, garden statues and outdoor kitchen barware -- that will make your guests' jaws drop in awe. Everyone loves to party with a shark!;

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.

Best Time to Buy an Above-Ground Swimming Pool
While late summer is traditionally the best time of the year to score a great deal on an above-ground swimming pool, the current economy changes all the rules. Whether you get an above-ground pool in the spring or fall, you still have the potential of saving hundreds of dollars, if you keep an eye on the prices. Above-ground pools can be as simple or elaborate as you need, desire or can afford. Take a look at the assortment of on-ground and above-ground swimming pools currently available.

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.

Halloween Decorations That are More Flair Than Scare
Opt for elegant over gore when it comes time to decorate your home and yard for Halloween. Follow these stylish ideas.

Make an Easy Fall Wreath
Follow these step-by-step instructions with photos to make a cheap and gorgeous autumn wreath in less than two hours.

'Eerie Elegance' Author Shares Secrets for Halloween Party Decor
Britta Peterson shares how to decorate and entertain for Halloween with elegance and style.

What is a Home Haunt or Halloween Yard Haunt?
What's a home haunt or yard haunt? Learn the evolution of Halloween haunts, along with tips for making yours the best on the block.

How to Make Fake Moss for Halloween Props
Learn how to turn ordinary dryer lint into faux moss to decorate Halloween tombstones and other props.

How to Make Floating Ghosts - Halloween Yard Decorations
Follow our easy instructions for making Halloween ghosts that appear to float and dance across your front lawn.

Show Your Spirit by Decorating Outdoors for Halloween
We've assembled some of our best ideas in this collection of Halloween how-to features, tips, tours and photos to get you in the spirit!

DIY Halloween Yard Haunt: Before and After
This thriller of a makeover features a Florida house before and after it is decorated as a fun and spooky home haunt.

Luxury Homes - Indoor Pools Most Tweeted in 2012
Did you happen to get a peek at those indoor pools someone might have shared with you on a social media site in 2012? Take a look.

Mel Gibson's Old Mill Farm for Sale Again - Luxury Homes for Sale
Mel Gibson's house is on the radar again, only this time old Mel is not attached to it. The most recent owners of the Greenwich, Connecticut, estate were only there for a year or so before listing it. The house had been on the market for a few years prior. Let's take a look at the grounds, including the lovely pool.

Hollywood Glam Meets Big Game Deco - Luxury Homes
Villa Raphael, a 1925-built Hollywood mansion, was put up for sale at $2.49 million in 2012. While there's no big name attached to this West Hollywood mansion -- at least as far as we know -- it stands out for its fusion of vintage Hollywood fixtures and features so many of us love. And don't forget to check out that pool!

Reese Witherspoon's Historic Ojai Estate for Sale - Sweet Home Ojai
That gorgeous Wallace Neff-designed house in Ojai served as the backdrop for Reese Witherspoon's wedding.

The Top 12 Luxury Homes and Pools for 2012 - Celebrity Real Estate - Luxury Homes
We've always loved to take a peek at how the other half lives, although that

NBA Star Gilbert Arenas Lists DC Shark House
Among the changes NBA star Gilbert Arenas made in 2012 was to move on, and to act upon this he listed his remarkable DC-area mansion in July for $3.5 million. The former Washington Wizards basketball player definitely made a design statement on the property. A highlight: a custom-built shark tank.

Waterfront Florida Villa for Sale - Luxury Homes and Pools
>Known as Torretta, this Destin, Florida, waterfront estate has been modeled after villas in Tuscany, on a grand, Florida-style scale, of course. The bay-front lot is located on a sprawling 1.8 acres, with water frontage on the Choctawhatchee and Jones Bayou. Let's take a look at the house and pool.

Drake's Disneylike Grotto Estate - Celebrity Homes and Pools
Canadian hip-hop artist/songwriter/actor Drake reportedly paid about $2.8 million for a sprawling compound in Hidden Hills, California. The star attraction of his new home is the elaborate pool, complete with a torch-lit grotto.

Kelly Wearstler sells Old Hollywood Estate - Celebrity Homes and Pools
Interior design icon Kelly Wearstler parted ways with her former mansion in Beverly Hills. The estate was built in the 1930s and once home to William Powell, Carole Lombard and James Bond producer Albert

Ronald Reagan Pacific Palisades House for Sale - Luxury Homes and Pools
For the late President Ronald Reagan, it was all about the view. The Reagan family's home in Pacific Palisades, which is currently for sale, boasted a panoramic view. It was also a GE Showcase House.

Stone Eagle Retreat Backyard Water Theme Park - Luxury Homes
A home in the Malibu hills has an amazing swimming pool that looks like a water theme park, with boulders, caves, slides -- and classical statuary.

Los Feliz House of Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson for Sale
Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson listed their Mid-century modern Los Feliz home in January of 2012 for $3.65 million. The house features a geometric-shaped pool with sweeping views of the LA skyline.

Dick Clark's Flinstone House for Sale in Malibu
About a month before he passed away in April of 2012, Dick Clark's Flintstones-like home was listed and created a buzz on social media.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - 13 Blackbird Lane
Joining the devil birds is an outside centerpiece of assorted pots, orbs and rocks surrounding a fountain with, appropriately, fountain grass. Page 4.

Ajuga 'Black Scallop' - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
Shiny, wrinkly, globular bugleweed Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' is a perennial groundcover that looks good in a Halloween garden. Page 7.

Halloween Decorations - Outdoor Fountain With Mystic Sprite
The childlike sprite in this fountain takes on an air of mystery when surrounded by dark-stemmed aquatic plants and ornamental grasses. Page 5.

Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Mad Madeline's Manor
Roger's Gardens, an Orange County, California-based home and garden shop / design center, features an annual Halloween party decoration event featuring Halloween-appropriate plants, props, decorations, treasures, antiques and one-of-a-kind merchandise. This particular event featured unusual items -- like a player piano -- for sale, to get ideas from, and just enjoy.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Cold and Creepy Courtyard
Two aloof-looking busts on pedestals guard this courtyard wall. The black plant in the urn/fountain is elephant's ear, which comes in varieties with purple and charcoal shades like 'Black Magic' and 'Illustris' and 'Black Stem.' Gravestones add to the gloom and doom of this courtyard. Page 2.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Rusted Urn, Fence and Obelisk
Garden containers and structures have been painted and

Chandelier Web Design - Outdoor Halloween Decorations
Spider webbing that is skillfully strung across a chandelier on a porch is an inexpensive and eerie Halloween decoration. Page 14.

Dazzling Fall Containers - Halloween Outside Decorations
Not all fall decorations have to be Halloween oriented. Use existing patio furniture to display pots filled with beautiful flowers and foliage. Page 21.

Hanging Skeleton Chandelier - Halloween Outside Decor
Chandeliers at Halloween are spooky, but one made of skulls is especially eerie. Add some webbing for a haunted accent. Page 16.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Halloween Outside Decorations
Giant inflatables are fun, but how about combining black foliage and other unusual plants with pumpkins, gourds, fall flowers and spooky props? Page 11.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Halloween Outside Decorations - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
A table on our porch displaying jars filled with eyeballs, snakes and bugs is sure to intrigue trick-or-treaters. Page 13.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Halloween Outside Decorations - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
If you can find it, black mondo grass offers a spider-like effect to your October Halloween garden. Mix it with purples and oranges. Page 12.

Creepy Monkey Under Glass - Halloween Decorating Ideas
Some people have a fear of monkeys: this one trapped under a glass cloche is especially disturbing as a Halloween prop. Page 17.

Ornamental Millet Purple Majesty - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
This tall, dark and extremely good looking purple-leaved millet is a gold medal award-winning plant from the prestigious All-American Winners. Page 18.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Haunted Butler
An animatronic

Skeleton Crew - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
One of the masters in plant-and-decor Halloween displays is the famous Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach, California. Enter the gallery at your own risk'. Page 10.

Raven Candelabra - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
An iron candelabra in the courtyard or on the porch seems to attract ravens - a scene that suggests Halloween is around the corner. Page 9.

Rusty Bucket Planter - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
Whether it's a Halloween porch, yard, patio or balcony, you're going to have to show your (evil?) spirit with a creative outdoor Halloween display. Page 6.

Goth Baby Dolls - Haunted Dolls for Halloween
Dolls from thrift stores or flea markets can be spray-painted white and their clothing dyed black for a gothic / haunted-house-child look. Page 15.

Fall Plants and Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Aeonium Arboreum 'Schwartzkopf'
Not all water-wise plants are spiny cacti or tumbleweeds. These succulents are Aeonium Arboreum 'Schwarzkopf,'. Page 22.

Symphony of Sunflowers - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
Tall, bright yellow sunflowers add a fun touch to a fall garden and look good with other autumn hues and Halloween decor. Page 20.

New Colors of Fall - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
Incorporate the vivid hues of autumn into your garden, like purple, black, dark brown, lime, wine and pale yellow. Page 19.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Halloween Outside Decorations - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
Whether it's a Halloween porch, Halloween yard, Halloween patio or Halloween balcony, you're going to have to show your (evil?) spirit with a creative outdoor Halloween display.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Halloween Outside Decorations - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
Whether it's a Halloween porch, Halloween yard, Halloween patio or Halloween balcony, you're going to have to show your (evil?) spirit with a creative outdoor Halloween display.

Everything You Need for a Festive Outdoor Fall Party
Entertain outdoors throughout the fall with our suggestions for decorations and accessories to make your party more festive.

Types of Stone: What is Rubble?
What type of stone are you using for your outdoor project? If it's rubble, do you know how it compares to ashlar and flagstone? Find out.

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.

What is a Landscape Architect -- Landscape Architect - Patio Terms - Landscape Architect
A landscape architect is a licensed professional who plans and designs both residential and commercial landscaping. Find out what else they do.

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.

Orange LED Rope Lights - Halloween Decor
Orange LED rope lights come in different lengths and are an electrifying way to add color and a glow to your outdoor Halloween decor.

Lazy Bones with Hammock
Who's that lying all lifeless on the hammock in your front yard? It's the Grim Reaper! Scare your neighbors and friends with this fun Halloween prop.

This Year's Outdoor Halloween Decorations
What's new in the world of outdoor Halloween decorations? Could there possibly be something that hasn't been done before? You'd better believe it!

2 Halloween Skeleton Yard Flamingos Lawn Decor
A spooky take on traditional pink flamingos: skeleton flamingos that are black with white

Black Widow Halloween Lawn Decoration
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Skeleton Dog Halloween Decoration
Skeleton pets are popular Halloween decorations this year, and this dog with collar and leash leads the pack.

What is a Landscape Designer?
Learn exactly what the role of a landscape designer is, and if this professional might be the right type to hire for your landscape project.

Should you Firescape Your Home and Property?
Do you live in a region that is at risk of wildfires? Discover what firescaping is, and learn some tips for becoming more proactive.

Backyard Safety: Pools, Grills & Yards
From pool safety and the Virginia Graeme Pool and Spa Safety Act to outdoor grill recalls, it's important to keep updated on the news you need to maintain your outdoor space as a safe haven. Many accidents occur while inattentive adults are present. You'll learn about safety products like fencing, locks, alarms, along with training your children to follow rules that can help them stay safe while having fun.

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 tol keep your yard cooler.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

The Best Patio and Outdoor Living Stores in the Southwest
There are many sunny days in the Southwest U.S., which means that residents enjoy spending time outside in their yards. Consult our list of the best patio stores in your area.

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 for Fall
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.

Choosing and Shopping for Outdoor Fabrics
If you are going to reupholster or make new cushions or pillows for your outdoor furniture, it's important to pick the right fabric for the project. Follow our tips before you go shopping for outdoor fabric for your next DIY project.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Swimming Pool Myths and Facts
Unsure about a few long-standing myths regarding swimming pools? We address some of the more common ones to guide you through.

5 Ways to Make Your Yard More Relaxing
Discover five essential elements for transforming your outdoor space into a place of refuge and relaxation.

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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Wood and Composite Decking: Pros and Cons
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Types of Deck Cleaners
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How to Clean a Deck
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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.

A Guide to Composite Decking Brands
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All Decked Out: Building Wood and Composite Decks
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Deck Plans and Designs
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Wood Types for Decks
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Fabulous Ideas for an Outdoor Rainbow Party Theme
Consult our colorful list of ideas for a dazzling outdoor rainbow party theme. Food, decorations, lighting - it's all here.

All the Ingredients You Need for a Tropical Tiki Bash
Luaus and tropical-themed parties are a popular theme for backyard parties. Links to all you need,from decorations to menus to music.

Planning the Luau
Growing up, those gnomes on your best friend's grandmother's front lawn may have been an eyesore and a source of ridicule. But have you noticed they have proliferated in recent years? No longer relegated to yards, gnomes can command high prices and are They are popular internationally

Decorating Your Yard for the Luau
Tropical plants, tikis, and torches all help guests get into the mood for a luau. Discover other ways to decorate your yard for a tropical party.

Entertainment, Games, and Activities at the Luau
Growing up, those gnomes on your best friend's grandmother's front lawn may have been an eyesore and a source of ridicule. But have you noticed they have proliferated in recent years? No longer relegated to yards, gnomes can command high prices and are They are popular internationally

Planning the Luau Menu
Part of planning a luau is coming up with a feast that fits the theme, is fairly easy to make, and satisfies your guests. Leave the plans to us.

What to Wear to a Luau
Make sure you dress the part if you're the host of a backyard luau. That means you'll be decked out in an aloha shirt, grass skirt or coconut bra.

Planning the Lighting for a Luau
What comes to mind when you think about lighting for a luau? Tiki torches. Discover how to safely use a torch, along with other lighting alternatives.

Selecting the Right Music for a Luau
Follow our Hawaiian music suggestions to get your guests dancing the hula at your next backyard luau.

The Main Types of Inground Pools
What's inside your pool besides water? Learn about the three basic types of pool liners, including cost and durability.

What is a Cesspool?
What is a cesspool and would you ever want to go swimming in one, even on a dare? Learn the meaning of the word, literally and figuratively..

Fast Facts About Swimming Pools and Spas
Discover fascinating facts and statistics related to swimming pools and hot tub/spas.

Patriotic Party Central - Plan a Fun and Festive Fourth
We've assembled links to a bunch of ideas, recipes, plans, projects and pictures for inspiration -- all to prepare you for a festive Fourth.

Decorating a Patriotic Patio and Pool
You can pull together red, white, and blue furnishings and decorations you already have or can buy cheaply to creative a festive atmosphere outdoors.

Patriotic Garden Decorations
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Patriotic Outdoor Crafts and Projects
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Festive Food for the Fourth
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Entertainment and Music for Independence Day
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Fireworks: How-To's and Safety Tips
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Before You Buy a Hammock - Shopping for Outdoor Hammocks
Summer dream: relaxing in a hammock with your favorite beverage. We give you the history of the hammock and guide you through the shopping experience.

Before You Buy: Outdoor Lighting
Before you go shopping for outdoor or landscape lighting, do your homework. Actually, we tell you what to look for in this helpful pre-buying guide.

Decorating with Pumpkins - Wicked and Whimsical Pumpkin Designs and Displays
Bright orange or ghostly white, pumpkins add an instant splash of color, form and texture when decorating outdoors. On the following pages, we've found several winning examples of pumpkin display and decorating. Most have not been carved, but you can't have a gallery of pumpkins without a carved face or two.

Gilded Pumpkins - Glitzy Pumpkins
Bright orange or ghostly white, pumpkins add an instant splash of color, form and texture when decorating outdoors. On the following pages, we've found several winning examples of pumpkin display and decorating. Most have not been carved, but you can't have a gallery of pumpkins without a carved face or two.

Pumpkin Pathway - Dallas Arboretum
Imagine a village with cottages made of pumpkins. And beautifully arranged pumpkins on lawns and in landscaping with other fall-blooming plants. If you live in or visit the Dallas area in September and October, you might want to stop by the Dallas Arboretum for some much-needed inspiration.

White Pumpkins and Gray Grasses
White pumpkins and white or gray flowers or shrubs making a gorgeous and ghostly combination in the garden.

Carved Pumpkins on Porch Steps
Pumpkin carving has taken on an all-new art form as the traditional jack-o'-lantern faces are no longer the standard. With stencils, kits, tools and online instructions, kitchen artists are creating masterpieces based on their favorite film or book characters, politicians, animals and just about anything that can be carved on a pumpkin.

Brooklyn's Pumpkins of Cobble Hill - Decorating With Pumpkins
Decorating with pumpkins goes to an extreme each year at this corner house in Brooklyn's Cobble Hill neighborhood -- much to the delight and entertainment of residents and passers-by.

Decorating with Pumpkins - Wicked and Whimsical Pumpkin Designs and Displays
Bright orange or ghostly white, pumpkins add an instant splash of color, form and texture when decorating outdoors. On the following pages, we've found several winning examples of pumpkin display and decorating. Most have not been carved, but you can't have a gallery of pumpkins without a carved face or two.

Decorating with Pumpkins - Wicked and Whimsical Pumpkin Designs and Displays
Bright orange or ghostly white, pumpkins add an instant splash of color, form and texture when decorating outdoors. On the following pages, we've found several winning examples of pumpkin display and decorating. Most have not been carved, but you can't have a gallery of pumpkins without a carved face or two.

Front Yard Pumpkin Patch - Decorating With Real Pumpkins
This front yard in a California coastal community shows what happens when you let your grass die and a pumpkin vine take over the landscape, with beautiful results.

Fountain with Miniature Pumpkins - Floating Pumpkins
Finally, a place to display those irresistible mini pumpkins you always bring home this time of year from the market. Float several minis in a fountain or birdbath to delight guests and trick-or-treaters.

Pumpkins on Porch Steps - Decorating With Pumpkins
If you have front porch steps, you might as well take advantage of them. Grab this year's crop of pumpkins and gourds and place them on the steps. You can go for an evenly spaced look or something more haphazard -- the pumpkin police are cool about it.

The Best Spilling Plants for Walls - Spillers for Walls
Choosing the right plants for walls is absolutely necessary, because the goal is to cover up an unsightly fence or enhance the look of plain walls. Spilling or spreading plants --

The Best Spilling Plants for Walls - Spillers for Walls
Choosing the right plants for walls is absolutely necessary, because the goal is to cover up an unsightly fence or enhance the look of plain walls. Spilling or spreading plants --

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.