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Books About Building Playhouses, Treehouses and Sheds - How to Build a Playhouse
A book on playhouse and treehouse designs can give you ideas on what you and your child want. These books can help kick-off your outdoor project.

Pentair Kreepy Krauly - Finalist in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Pentair was founded in Minnesota in 1966, and its water unit acquired Kreepy Krauly in 1999. Pentair's Kreepy Krauly is a finalist for Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Winner will be announced on March 30, 2012.

Hayward Pool Cleaners - Finalists in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Hayward acquired AquaVac in 2007 and now produces the TigerShark and Hayward SharkVAC robotic pool cleaners for residential pools. Hayward is a finalist for Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards.

Aquabot Best Pool Cleaner Finalist - 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Aquabot, makers of Pool Rover and Aquabot series pool cleaners and vacuums, is a finalist for the Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum 2012 in the About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Voting ends March 21, 2012, and the winner will be announced on March 30.

Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum 2012 Finalists
If you own a swimming pool or spa, cleaning and maintenance is a big part of the package. If your pool isn't cleaned regularly, nobody will want to -- or should -- go swimming in a big green swamp of algae. Fortunately, several pool cleaners / vacuums are available and reasonably priced to make pool cleaning less of the back-breaking chore it once was. The most popular models are automatic or robotic pool cleaners, which comb the surfaces of your pool and climb the walls, hopefully sucking up debris and algae along the way. The five finalists represent top companies in the pool and spa industry.

Baracuda Automatic Pool Cleaner / Vacuum - 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Baracuda, by Zodiac, is a Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum finalist in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. A total of five finalists are competing for the award, which will be announced on March 30, 2012.

Polaris Robotic Pool Cleaners - Finalist for Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum - 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Polaris has been making pool products for more than 40 years and is now part of the Zodiac Pool Systems family of products for pools and spas. Polaris is a finalist for Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards.

Building Patios -- How to Plan, Design and Build a Patio
When planning a patio-building project, you'll want to assess the size, style, materials, budget, DIY difficulty, usage, and the number of people you expect to entertain within the space.

What is a Pathway?
What's the definition of a pathway? A walkway in a landscape that guides foot traffic or links separate spaces. Pathway materials include brick, concrete slabs, flagstone, bark, adobe block, river rock, rough cobbles, wood rounds, gravel or stepping stones. Various groundcovers can be grown to fill in spaces between pathway materials.

Types of Ice Plant - Ice Plant Types
In residential landscaping, ice plant is a popular ground cover. It's a succulent, making it a water-wise choice for areas of drought. Let's take a look at the different types of ice plant.

Winston Outdoor Furniture - 2012 Best Patio Furniture Finalist - About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Winston outdoor furniture is a new finalist this year in the Best Patio Furniture category of the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Since the summer of 1975, Winston furniture has been producing outdoor furniture. All Winston outdoor furniture is created from non-rusting aluminum, which helps it withstand the elements.

Brown Jordan Outdoor Furniture - Best Patio Furniture Finalist - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012
About.com Best Patio Furniture finalist Brown Jordan began in Pasadena in 1945. They were reportedly the first company to create furniture for full-time outdoor use. Today, Brown Jordan features more than 30 collections in assorted styles and materials.

Homecrest Outdoor Furniture - Best Patio Furniture Finalist - 2012 About.com Readers Choice Awards
Best Patio Furniture finalist Homecrest Outdoor Furniture began in 1953 as an offshoot of a furniture shop in Wadena, Minnesota, when founders Mert Bottemiller and Al Engelemann tried to create a better ottoman than their vendors could supply. The business soon expanded into manufacturing an increasingly popular line of outdoor patio furniture.

Tropitone Outdoor Furniture - Best Patio Furniture Finalist - 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards
For the second year in a row, Tropitone is a finalist in the About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Voting for the 2012 awards contest ends March 21, 2012. Tropitone began in 1954 by Bert Baker of Sarasota, Florida.

Brookbend Teak and Garden Furniture - About.com Readers' Choice Awards - Best Patio Furniture Finalists 2012
Best Patio Furniture finalist Brookbend is a new entry to the category this year in the About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Awards. Brookbend makes teak and cedar handcrafted outdoor furniture that is expertly designed and built to add beauty to your outdoor living space.

Readers' Choice Awards - Best Patio Furniture 2012
Best Patio Furniture honors the year's top patio furniture brands and manufacturers. Here, we present the five finalists -- as nominated by our readers. But don't simply go by looks or familiar name alone. Hint: there are some familiar names from last year's contest, along with some new ones. Voting runs February 22 - March 21. Winners will be announced on March 30, 2012.

Best Outdoor Lighting Fixtures - Shades of Light Hanging Basket
The Hanging Basket Lamp by Shades of Light is one of the outdoor lighting fixtures that made our list of top landscape lights for the season. Check it out.

Auroralight Sumatra
Smart features make Auroralight's Sumatra one of our choices for must-buy landscape lighting fixtures. Find out what else we think is hot.

West Elm Industrial String Lights
Simply plug in West Elm's Industrial String Lights and you're ready for an instant outdoor celebration. The lights are among this season's picks. See why.

Jonathan Adler Rio Pendant
Among the season's best landscape lighting fixtures is the Rio Pendant by designer Jonathan Adler, a mid-century -inspired hanging lamp for outdoor use.

All Modern
This year's best outdoor light includes the Smart & Green Zen LED lamp, which is portable and energy efficient.

Restoration Hardware
Included in this season's finest landscape lighting fixtures is the Modern Filament Sconce by Restoration Hardware. Check it out.

Pottery Barn
What are the hottest outdoor lighting fixtures of the season? We've tracked down landscape lights for different settings and styles. Have a look.

Outdoor Lighting
What are the hottest outdoor lighting fixtures of the season? We've tracked down landscape lights for different settings and styles. Have a look.

Outdoor Lighting Brands and Companies - Who Makes Outdoor Lighting?
Where can you find landscape lighting manufacturers all in one place? Check out our list of outdoor lighting brands, manufacturers and companies.

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.

Landscape Lighting Design Effects and Techniques
Learn the terms for basic lighting effects and techniques to illuminate your outdoor landscape.

Landscape Lighting Design Effects and Techniques
Learn the terms for basic lighting effects and techniques to illuminate your outdoor landscape.

Outdoor Hanging Chairs - Restoration Hardware
Restoration Hardware's '70s-inspired Serend hanging chair is constructed of all-weather wicker. Learn why it's one of our top choices for this year's hanging chairs.

Pier 1 Swingasan
Hanging chairs are popular again, especially for outdoor rooms. Two of Pier 1's are included in our selection of the best hanging seats for the season.

Outdoor Hanging Chairs - Cacoon
The Cacoon is part tent, part hanging chair. It joins a select few that we consider the top outdoor hanging chairs of the season.

Anthropologie Knotted Melati Hanging Chair
The Knotted Melati hanging chair from Anthropologie is one of our picks for best outdoor hanging chairs of the season. Find out why.

Outdoor Chairs - Hip Hanging Chairs for Your Outdoor Pad
Outdoor hanging chairs were popular in the 1970s and are making a comeback. Find out why, and check out our picks for the choicest seats of the season.

Two's Company Watercolors Hanging Chair
The beach-themed Watercolors collection from Two's Company features a rattan hanging chair for indoor/outdoor use. It's one of our picks for the top hanging chairs of the season.

Frontgate Outdoor Rugs
Among the season's best outdoor rugs is Frontgate's Harbor Beach, which comes in assorted sizes. Check out all of our choices.

The Season's Best Outdoor Rugs - CB2 Outdoor Rug
Aelfie Oudghiri designed two vibrant indoor/outdoor rugs for CB2 that are among our choices of the season's best outdoor rugs.

Best Rugs of the Season - Pottery Barn Lily Rug
Pottery Barn's Lily rug weds traditional geometrics with modern Punja Kilim. It's one of the season's best offerings for your outdoor living space.

Pier 1 Outdoor Shag Rug
Get your lawn fix and forget about mowing with this outdoor green shag rug from Pier 1. It's one of our choices for the season's best outdoor rugs.

Pier 1 Coral Blues
Pier 1 combines the popular coral pattern with the blue hues of the sea for this beautiful rug that is among our picks for the season's finest outdoor rugs.

CB2 Goldfish Blue Carpet Squares
CB2's Goldfish Blue carpet squares, designed by Liora Manne, will go swimmingly in your outdoor room. We choose the season's choicest outdoor carpets for your space.

Outdoor Rugs Complete the Look of Your Seating Area
Outdoor rugs can define and establish an outdoor room with no walls. Have a look at our choices for some of the most attractive outdoor rugs available this season.

Outdoor Dining: Where to Put the Table
Dining outdoors can be enhanced if you find the right location for your patio table. Follow our suggestions for making your outdoor dining experience a great one.

The Basics of Outdoor Dining
Entertaining and dining outdoors is one of life's simple pleasures. We cover the basics, so that your next backyard dining experience will be a success.

How to Make Fake Moss for Halloween Tombstone Props - Halloween How to Make Faux Moss with Dryer Lint - Use Dryer Lint To 'Age' Halloween Yard Props
How do you get your Halloween yard props to look more authentic without having to buy genuine antique tombstones, statues, pedestals and columns? 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. Dsigners Shawn and Lynne Mitchell, authors of

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
Details like the Mitchells' faux moss technique help to make their Pensacola, Florida, yard haunt, Mitchell Cemetary, appear authentic. Since the recipe is easy and the materials are free, don't you think it's time to haunt your own yard?

Halloween How to Ideas - 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. Those with a multi-pet household are at an advantage here. Put away that lint roller. More cat and / or dog hair = more dryer lint. Wash a load of light-colored clothing -- you've got light-grey -tinged dryer lint. Wash a load of dark colors -- you've got dark lint. You get the idea.

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
Make your fake Halloween tombstone props look more authentic by covering them with fake moss. Once you have a big fuzzy wad of lint in hand (or faux hand, as pictured), it's time to gather your other tools and ingredients to make faux moss.

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
How do you get your Halloween yard props to look more authentic without having to buy genuine antique tombstones, statues, pedestals and columns? 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. Designers Shawn and Lynne Mitchell, authors of

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. The green paint should not be mixed completely -- you don't want a big muddy-looking glob. Once your mixture resembles something delicately

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
Make sure you apply the faux moss immediately, before the glue and paint in the mixture dry out. Apply pieces of the mixture with gloved fingers while the moss is still wet. Press it into the prop surface, at the bottom, and to areas where moss would naturally gather and grow on cold, damp tombstones, statuary and pillars.

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
How do you get your Halloween yard props to look more authentic without having to buy genuine antique tombstones, statues, pedestals and columns? 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. Designers Shawn and Lynne Mitchell, authors of

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
Continuing to make fake tombstones look creepy for Halloween, we are adding faux moss. Here, Lynne Mitchell has aged a hand-made stone cross-style tombstone prop made from styrofoam. Mitchell added

Checking for Leaks Outside the House | Leak Detection for Outdoors | Checking Your Yard for Leaks
Everyone has heard of ways to save water inside the house, but how about outside? Think about it: you have irrigation systems for your landscaping, hoses attached to spigots, swimming pools, spas - all potential sources of leaks. Find out how much water is used by an average U.S. household, along with ways to check for leaks and how to maintain your outdoor water sources to prevent future leaks and loss of energy and money.

Home and Garden Tours: Spring and Summer 2014
Spring home and garden tours offer you a rare chance to look at other people's yards, up-close. We've found some of the top tours in the U.S. for 2014.

Must-Have Outdoor Dishes and Tableware
Before you buy a bulk-pack of paper plates, you might want to check out the outdoor tableware we found this season. You'll be looking for reasons to eat outside more often.

Australian Words - Pool and Patio Living in Australia and New Zealand
Australians enjoy their pools and patios or homes and gardens just as much as their American counterparts. And with a mild, subtropical climate, residents in Australia and parts of New Zealand enjoy an outdoor lifestyle similar to folks living in California, Florida and other sunny climates. One thing that's different is their expressions, although Australians and New Zealanders get a kick out of American expressions too, If you find yourself in Australia or New Zealand at an outdoor bbq or pool party, you might hear some of these words.

Australian Words - Pool and Patio Living in Australia and New Zealand
Australians enjoy their pools and patios or homes and gardens just as much as their American counterparts. And with a mild, subtropical climate, residents in Australia and parts of New Zealand enjoy an outdoor lifestyle similar to folks living in California, Florida and other sunny climates. One thing that's different is their expressions, although Australians and New Zealanders get a kick out of American expressions too, If you find yourself in Australia or New Zealand at an outdoor bbq or pool party, you might hear some of these words.

Australian Words - Pool and Patio Living in Australia and New Zealand
Australians enjoy their pools and patios or homes and gardens just as much as their American counterparts. And with a mild, subtropical climate, residents in Australia and parts of New Zealand enjoy an outdoor lifestyle similar to folks living in California, Florida and other sunny climates. One thing that's different is their expressions, although Australians and New Zealanders get a kick out of American expressions too, If you find yourself in Australia or New Zealand at an outdoor bbq or pool party, you might hear some of these words.

Australian Words - Pool and Patio Living in Australia and New Zealand
Australians enjoy their pools and patios or homes and gardens just as much as their American counterparts. And with a mild, subtropical climate, residents in Australia and parts of New Zealand enjoy an outdoor lifestyle similar to folks living in California, Florida and other sunny climates. One thing that's different is their expressions, although Australians and New Zealanders get a kick out of American expressions too, If you find yourself in Australia or New Zealand at an outdoor bbq or pool party, you might hear some of these words.

The Drought - What You Can Do About it at Home
Water conservation begins at home. Use drought tolerant plants in the garden, hardscape, practice water-wise irrigation, detect leaks and maintain your pool regularly to help cut down on water usage. Learn other ways to save water that might not have occurred to you.

Hurricane Preparedness Before the Storm Hits - Protecting Your Home and Yard
Ideally, you want to have a game plan before a hurricane or major weather event is even a threat. In addition to a hurricane safety kit, meet with all family or household members to create an evacuation plan with meeting points outside the house and at a location near your property.

Guinness World Records for Swimming Pools - Extreme Swimming Pools
Ever wonder where the largest pool is located? How about the deepest diving pool? The answers to these and other pool- and swim-related facts and trivia, courtesy of the Guiness World Records, will satisfy your thirst for knowledge and settle a few bar bets. Learn and become enlightened.

Kiddie Pools to Buy - The Best Play Pools for Children
Kiddie pools are the least expensive and smallest swimming pools you can buy. But their shallowness and simplicity may be what appeals to their target market -- children, aka

Light Displays, Shows and Decorations - Resources for Making Your House the Best on the Block This Christmas
You know the house. The one that went all-out for Christmas -- lights everywhere imaginable, a glowing plastic Santa and his reindeer on the roof, maybe some custom-built props with music piped in from somewhere. It was magical. While you may not be vying for your city's 'Best Lights' top award or even the best in your neighborhood, you might like to try something a bit different this year, maybe add a new prop, LED lights or a music-and-lighting show

Home and Garden New Year's Resolutions - Home and Garden Resolutions for 2012
Be realistic when it comes to New Year's resolutions. The more challenging, costly, or outrageous the goal, the less likely you are going to achieve it, setting yourself up for failure. View these resolutions as an opportunity for a fresh start -- any time of the year. Do one, two, or all -- it's up to you.

Vote Now - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012 Pool and Patio - About.com Awards 2012 Home and Garden - Readers' Choice Awards 2012
Awards season is in full swing, and it's time to let your voices be heard again. About.com's annual Readers' Choice Awards showcase the best outdoor living, pool and patio and home and garden products -- the things that make your outdoor world look, feel and work better -- maybe even fantastic in some cases! Think of it as the People's Choice Awards for home and garden, pool and outdoor living and design products. There aren't any prizes for the winners, nor is there the red carpet interviews and star-studded awards ceremony -- just the bragging rights that come with getting recognized by the readers of one of the biggest networks on the Web.

Spring Home and Garden Shows 2012
Pool and Patio Show, Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Expo, Home and Garden Show, Flower and Garden Show. Call them what you like -- in any combination -- they all have a few things in common. Pool, home and garden events focus on residential outdoor living spaces, feature numerous exhibitors, guest speakers, and lots of attendees. Most of the pool, home and garden shows occur February-October. Tours and smaller shows are held by garden clubs and local chapters of gardening and horticulture groups.

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. Cleaning your pool does not have to be a back-breaking chore if it's done regularly, on schedule -- before algae builds up. During swim season -- usually summer -- maintenance may take about 3-5 hours per week. If it means using or not using your pool, then it's worth the time and effort. That pool or spa isn't in the yard to be neglected.

2011 About.com Readers' Choice Awards Pool and Patio - Vote for Best Pool and Patio Products: About.com 2011Readers' Choice Awards - Pool and Patio Finalists
The 2011 About.com Reader's Choice Awards Best Pool and Patio category honors the year's top pool and patio products, brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers. This is the first year that the Pool and Patio category has joined the Readers' Choice Awards. This year's Best Pool and Patio category seeks to honor the Best Outdoor Patio Furniture, Best Pool Cleaner/Vacuum, Best Hot Tub/Spa, and Best Decking. Voting is Feb. 11 to March 8, 2011.

The Best Outdoor Tables for 2012 - Top Patio Side Tables - Budget-Friendly Occasional Tables
Outdoor side tables need to be repaired, replaced or updated every few years or so. Some are built to last, while others rust-out and fall apart after a season or two. A bit of advice: buy a side table that is built to last, is from a reputable retailer or manufacturer, and store it during the winter. We've found a few new looks among the classics for our 2012 patio side table picks.

Wreath-Making - Materials for Creating Wreaths
Hanging a wreath on your door is a simple and welcoming way to decorate an entry or porch. It reflects the change of seasons, celebrates the local landscape and adds a personal touch outside your house. Learn about the variety of materials and what works best, depending on the season.

Removing Stains - Cleaning Brick Patios and Walls
Brick, stone and concrete patios and walls are exposed to the elements or something else creates a stain: efflorescence, mortar, mildew, rust, paint and grafitti. Put away the pressure washer and learn the best ways to clean that particular stain off your patio, wall or other outdoor project or surface.

Outdoor Lights - Decorating With Lights for the Holidays
Whether you're planning an outdoor lighting display, are considering replacing your old light strands with LEDs, or are in the dark about the various types of lights available, we've got it all figured out to make it easier for you. Learn about the energy-saving benefits of LED lights, the differences between net and rope lighting and how to wrap a tree trunk with festive lights for Christmas or any occasion.

Euphorbia Types - Landscaping With Euphoriba
Because euphorbia plants are easy to grow, they are popular choices for poolscaping and for container gardens on and around patios, decks and balconies. There are more than 200 genera in the euphorbia family, with more than 1,000 species. Sometimes known as spurge, the more familiar euphorbia plants include the poinsettia and crown of thorns. Let's take a look at some of the most popular euphorbia plants that you might want to include in your landscape.

Gifts for the Home - Gift Ideas for the Home, Garden and Patio
Don't get caught empty-handed before a party, celebration or visit to a friend or family member's home. Wine is nice, but how about something that will last a bit longer, is thoughtful, environmental or outdoorsy and will be loved by its recipient? Check out our gift ideas for the home and garden.

Before You Buy: Hose Holders and Reels
Hoses and hose reels may not be glamorous, but are certainly a necessary part of a yard. Discover the different types to hold and contain your garden hose.

Poinsettia Fun Facts, Tips and Myths - Are Poinsettias Poisonous? Fun Facts About Poinsettias
Consumer polls show that poinsettias are still the Christmas season's favorite plant. Maybe it's the different colors and varieties in which it comes, it's rich history and tradition or the mystery and folklore that surrounds the Mexican native. Let's find out more about this exotic beauty.

Quick and Easy Design Tips for Decorating With Poinsettias - Decorating and Designing With Poinsettia Plants
Nothing adds instant color and festivity to a porch or entryway than poinsettias in containers or an outdoor arrangement. They are quick, easy, and low maintenance if cared for properly and placed in the right temperature and environment. Here's how to make poinsettias work with your outdoor decorating style.

Home and Garden Gift Ideas - Outdoor Gifts for Women, Guys and Children
Think outside of the house for those on your gift list. If you have a yard, you know about the joys and fun spent relaxing and playing outdoors, in the pool, on the deck or play areas. Consult our gift suggestions that include everyone on your list: women, men, hot tub and spa lovers and children. Enjoy your shopping excursion!

Types of Hardscaping - What are the Best Hardscaping Materials
Hardscape is as essential to a residential outdoor living space as softscape, which is that living, green growing stuff (plants) in your yard. Discover what types of hardscaping are the easiest to use and most popular.

Pumpkin Types and Varieties - A Guide to Pumpkins for Decorating and Display
People aren't settling for a plain, dull-orange pumpkin from their local grocery store. Farmers' markets and specialty grocers are carrying all different types of pumpkins to satisfy consumers' desires to decorate their porches and entries with something different. Check out our guide to pumpkin varieties.

Winter and Spring Home and Garden Shows 2013
Home and garden shows seem to start earlier with each new year. Homebound residents who are tired of the cold temperatures clamor for any sign of spring, even if it's a plant growing under artificial conditions in a municipal auditorium in the dead of winter.

Cactus Plants - Cactus Types - Landscaping With Cacti
Not all cacti are created equally, nor do they look the same. As with any other plant, each has their pros and cons. Learn about some of the more common types of cactuses used in residential landscaping so that you can make an informed decision as to whether it's the right plant to put near your pool, pond or on the patio.

Cactus Plants - Cactus Types - Landscaping With Cacti
Not all cacti are created equally, nor do they look the same. As with any other plant, each has their pros and cons. Learn about some of the more common types of cactuses used in residential landscaping so that you can make an informed decision as to whether it's the right plant to put near your pool, pond or on the patio.

Cactus Plants - Cactus Types - Landscaping With Cacti
Not all cacti are created equally, nor do they look the same. As with any other plant, each has their pros and cons. Learn about some of the more common types of cactuses used in residential landscaping so that you can make an informed decision as to whether it's the right plant to put near your pool, pond or on the patio.

Vote 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards - Pool and Patio Awards
>From February 19th through March 19th, 2013, Pool & Patio readers can nominate their favorite brands of decking, hot tub, patio furniture or pool cleaner. Find out the rules of the contest and get ready to nominate!

The Best Beverage Dispensers for Outdoor Entertaining
If you're entertaining a crowd outside, consider using a beverage dispenser or jar. We've found some of the best and best looking.

Recycling Lights - How to Recycle Lights - Recycling Programs for Light Bulbs and Christmas Lights
What do you do with old or broken incandescent Christmas lights or light bulbs? We've tracked down places and programs that will recycle your lights. Replace them with energy-saving LEDs.

Halloween and Home Haunt Safety - How to Make Your Yard Safe for Halloween - Halloween Safety Tips
Using common sense and planning ahead can help make your Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires. Follow these tips from the CPSC and NFPA to make your decorated yard and home safe this Halloween.

Where to Buy Blow Mold Yard Decorations - Blow Mold Christmas Decorations Resources
Those light-up blow mold yard decorations for the holidays are cool and nostalgic, but may be difficult to find. We've tracked down some sources for blow molds.

Blow Mold Decorations: Brands and Manufacturers
Need to find the brand or manufacturer of a blow mold holiday decoration? We've compiled a list of the major companies, some of which are still in business.

Where to Buy Blow Mold Yard Decorations - Blow Mold Christmas Decorations Resources
Those light-up blow mold yard decorations for the holidays are cool and nostalgic, but may be difficult to find. We've tracked down some sources for blow molds.

Blow Mold Decorations: Brands and Manufacturers
Need to find the brand or manufacturer of a blow mold holiday decoration? We've compiled a list of the major companies, some of which are still in business.

A Guide to
Plastic blow mold Christmas decorations for outdoor display are nostalgic and collectible. Check out this comprehensive buying guide, along with photos of some of the best.

A Guide to Outdoor Structures and Buildings
What are those outdoor structures in your yard called? While some are easy, like patios and decks, others, like atriums and belvederes. are not so easy to explain. Here, we distinguish what's what, and, well, explain them all for you.

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.

The 10 Best Ideas for Outdoor Parties
Do you need a reason to move the party outdoors? Many important occasions occur during the warm months, making it easy to plan an outdoor party. Check this list for ideas and reasons to celebrate in your own backyard.

25 Gift Ideas Under $25
You're on a budget or the rules state that you can't spend over $25 for the gift exchange. We've done the research for the home and garden guru on your list -- nice, inexpensive stuff that will earn you praise for your gift-giving abilities.

Outdoor Fabric Brands - Names and Manufacturers in Outdoor Fabric
There's a variety of outdoor fabrics out there: different textures, colors, prints and brands Discover some of the top names in the world of outdoor fabrics, so you'll know what to look for.

What You Need to Build a Garden Pond - Garden Pond Basics
A quick way to get an idea for the shape of a small outdoor garden pond: use a garden hose or chalk to outline the shape. Find out what else you are going to need if you get serious about this garden pond project

Outdoor Games to Enjoy at Home - Summer Activities for Parties and Outdoor Gatherings
Think of a backyard or outdoor space as your very own private park. Whether it's a large expanse of fresh, green lawn or an outdoor room on a city rooftop, you have the right setting for a party or casual gathering. Entertain friends, family and neighbors of all ages by setting up a game or two, like bocce, badminton or croquet. All you need are willing participants, food and beverages, a place to relax and room to play. Then, let the backyard games begin!

Why I Want a Swimming Pool - Reasons for Swimming and Owning a Pool
What is so appealing about swimming and have a pool in your own backyard? Apparently, lots. About.com Pool & Patio posed a few questions on the topic to friends, colleagues, and a few acquaintances in different parts of the world, and got an assortment of reasons why swimming and pool ownership are, well, such a cool thing. Here are their responses.

Why I Want a Swimming Pool - Reasons for Swimming and Owning a Pool
What is so appealing about swimming and have a pool in your own backyard? Apparently, lots. About.com Pool & Patio posed a few questions on the topic to friends, colleagues, and a few acquaintances in different parts of the world, and got an assortment of reasons why swimming and pool ownership are, well, such a cool thing. Here are their responses.

10 Signs That It's Time to End a Pool Party - When is the Party Over?
You've been generous and opened up your home, yard and pool for a party. But how do you know when it's time to tell everyone to exit the pool or go home? Sometimes they do it on their own, gravitating toward other activities. Then there are those situations where you just instinctively know it's time to get out of the pool. The following are 10 suggestions that signal the pool party is truly over.

A Guide to Outdoor Structures and Buildings
What are those outdoor structures in your yard called? While some are easy, like patios and decks, others, like atriums and belvederes. are not so easy to explain. Here, we distinguish what's what, and, well, explain them all for you.

25 Gift Ideas Under $25
You're on a budget or the rules state that you can't spend over $25 for the gift exchange. We've done the research for the home and garden guru on your list -- nice, inexpensive stuff that will earn you praise for your gift-giving abilities.

25 Gift Ideas Under $25
You're on a budget or the rules state that you can't spend over $25 for the gift exchange. We've done the research for the home and garden guru on your list -- nice, inexpensive stuff that will earn you praise for your gift-giving abilities.

Patio Furniture: Types and Materials - Garden Furniture Guide
Depending on your preference, you can buy new, used or vintage garden furniture in a wide range of materials, like rattan, wicker, cast iron, wrought iron, teak, ipe wood or synthetics. Before you go shopping for outdoor furnishings, research our guide to furniture materials and types so you will know what to look for and know what you're looking at.

Professional Associations for Landscape Design, Pools and Decking
Whether you are looking for a landscape designer or pool contractor or want to find out more information about how to become one, this list of professional associations will help steer you in the right direction.

Schools for Garden and Landscape Design
When it comes to the field of garden design and landscape design, options for education are wide open. Unlike the field of landscape architecture, which requires a formal education at an accredited college followed by testing and eventual certification from the ASLA, there is no one governing body overseeing the field of landscape and garden design.

The Top Schools for Landscape Architecture and Design
What are the top colleges and universities for landscape architecture?

The Top Schools for Landscape Architecture and Design
What are the top colleges and universities for landscape architecture?

The Top Schools for Landscape Architecture and Design
What are the top colleges and universities for landscape architecture?

Climbing Plants to Grow on Walls - The Best Plants for Walls
One of the quickest ways to cover a wall or fence is to use climbing plants. Acting as privacy screens, climbers can quickly grow and disguise an unappealing fence or view in your yard. Climbing plants can also create height to a fence or wall. Consult this list of climbers to cover up a wall in your yard or enhance the beauty of your landscape.

Climbing Plants to Grow on Walls - The Best Plants for Walls
One of the quickest ways to cover a wall or fence is to use climbing plants. Acting as privacy screens, climbers can quickly grow and disguise an unappealing fence or view in your yard. Climbing plants can also create height to a fence or wall. Consult this list of climbers to cover up a wall in your yard or enhance the beauty of your landscape.

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 --

Trees for Japanese Gardens - Designing a Japanese Garden
Choosing trees for a Japanese garden can be as much of a major consideration as other design elements, like architectural features -- bridges, tea houses, pagoda-like structures -- and hardscaping. The following trees are traditionally used in Japanese landscape design and have one or more qualities that might make them a good selection for your yard.

Trees for Japanese Gardens - Designing a Japanese Garden
Choosing trees for a Japanese garden can be as much of a major consideration as other design elements, like architectural features -- bridges, tea houses, pagoda-like structures -- and hardscaping. The following trees are traditionally used in Japanese landscape design and have one or more qualities that might make them a good selection for your yard.

Professional Associations for Landscape Design, Pools and Decking
Whether you are looking for a landscape designer or pool contractor or want to find out more information about how to become one, this list of professional associations will help steer you in the right direction.

2014 Home and Garden Shows - Top Garden Shows
Where are the top home and garden shows for 2014? Check this list to find an event in a city near you.

Zones Maps For Gardens, Drought and Outdoor Activities
From gardening and landscaping to planning outdoor projects around conditions like a drought, it's smart to know what to expect in your region. Consult this list of zone maps.

Get Paid For Saving Water - Rebates For Lawns and Irrigation
If you live in a region affected by drought, you might be able to replace your lawn or irrigation at a discount. Check out this list of rebates and incentives.

Outdoor Drinkware for the Stylish Patio Table
Leave the glassware inside and use acrylic or melamine when serving drinks to your guests outside. Check out our top picks for outdoor drinkware.

The Best Croquet Sets to Buy
What to do with your lawn: use it for a game of croquet. It's a great way to entertain guests outdoors. Check out our top picks in croquet sets.

Emerald Green Outdoor Furniture - Pantone Emerald Green Furnishings - Emerald Patio Furniture and Accessories
How will Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year, Emerald, look outside? Guess what: It already is outdoors, growing in your garden and reflected in the water of your pool or pond. From there, it's a matter of adding a few touches here and there as accent pieces. Take a look at the Emerald patio accessories we've found for your garden.

2013 Pool and Patio Winners: About.com Readers' Choice Awards - Pool & Patio Winners Announced
Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards! Find out who won in each of the four categories for About.com's Pool & Patio site.

The Best New Home and Garden Books
Books are a perennial source of inspiration, with how-to information and lots of photos. They also make great gifts. Check out our list of the best new home and garden books.

The Best Places to Shop For the Garden and Patio
Where and what are the best home and garden stores for outdoor furniture and accessories? We've hunted them down, so let's go shopping!

The Best Spa and Pool Towels
A big, thirsty pool or bath towel is a warm way to let that special someone know you care. Besides, in the case of pool towels, the bigger and heavier, the better. We've hunted down some beautiful towels for the swimmer or spa-goer on your list -- or for you.

How to Heat Up Your Outdoor Space
Don't let the party on your patio end when the sun goes down. Find a way to heat things up with this guide to recreational fire pits, fireplaces and outdoor heating sources.

The Best Books About Swimming Pools
When you need design inspiration for a pool or tips on cleaning and maintenance, a good pool book might just be the answer. Check out our list of the top swimming pool books.

The Best Books About Swimming Pools
When you need design inspiration for a pool or tips on cleaning and maintenance, a good pool book might just be the answer. Check out our list of the top swimming pool books.

Where to Find Outdoor Fire Pits - Best Shops for Firepits and Fire Features
Before you buy an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, you need to do some research, like where to go shopping. Look no further -- we've done the work for you.

Where to Find Outdoor Fire Pits - Best Shops for Firepits and Fire Features
Before you buy an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, you need to do some research, like where to go shopping. Look no further -- we've done the work for you.

10 Must-Try Outdoor Cleaning Products
Need help cleaning outdoor surfaces, patios or furniture? Check out this list of products for eliminating stains, mold, mildew, odors and dirt.

Fall Ideas and Decorations for Outdoors - Outside Decor for Autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving
For many, the turning leaves, fall colors and change of seasons is many home decorators' favorite time of year. You can find inspiration in nature, with container gardens for your porch, lighting, garlands, wreaths and porch pillows. Check out our ideas for adding some fall fun to your entryway.

Pool, Patio and Yard Energy Savers - Saving Energy and Money Outside the House
Step outside and take a look at what can be done to save energy and money. It might not be quite as obvious as inside your house, but you can start by replacing that front porch bulb. From there, we take you on an energy-saving tour of your backyard.

Pool, Patio and Yard Energy Savers - Saving Energy and Money Outside the House
Step outside and take a look at what can be done to save energy and money. It might not be quite as obvious as inside your house, but you can start by replacing that front porch bulb. From there, we take you on an energy-saving tour of your backyard.

An Annual Checklist for Deck Safety
If you have a real wood deck, it should be a source of pride. But part of the package is also responsibility and maintenance. Follow this checklist and inspect it annually.

Best Plants for Walls - Crevices - Landscaping for Privacy Screens
Surprisingly, many plants will survive in those cracks and crevices found between bricks or stones in walls. Consult this list of the best plants for crevices and cracks in walls before landscaping for privacy or to enhance your outdoor living space.

Best Plants for Walls - Crevices - Landscaping for Privacy Screens
Surprisingly, many plants will survive in those cracks and crevices found between bricks or stones in walls. Consult this list of the best plants for crevices and cracks in walls before landscaping for privacy or to enhance your outdoor living space.

Top 2008 News Highlights for Pool, Spas and Patios - Pool and Patio News for 2008
Like every other area of consumerism, the world of residential outdoor living spaces was affected by the declining economy and stock market crashes of 2008. No doubt about it -– 2008 was a rough and rocky year. Let’s look at the top stories and events that influenced the world just outside our doors in 2008.

The Six PLEAs for Healthy Swimming - Protection Against Recreational Water Illnesses - CDC Guidelines for Clean Swimming Pools and Healthy Swimming
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Six 'PLEAs' for Healthy Swimming: Protection Against Recreational Water Illnesses. Read the guidelines, discuss them with your children and their friends, and follow these hygenic swimming behaviors for a healthier, cleaner swimming environment for all involved.

Winners of the About.com Readers Choice Awards 2012 - About.com Award Winners 2012 - Pool and Patio Award Winners
2012 was the second year for Pool and Patio's participation in the awards. About.com announced on March 30, that the following products and companies have been selected as the About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Award winners for the Pool and Patio site. Ready to meet the winners?

Earthquakes and Swimming Pools - Can an Earthquake Damage My Swimming Pool? - Earthquakes and Swimming Pools
Whether you live in earthquake-prone California or a region that rarely experiences any seismic activity, like the East Coast, nerves get rattled to your inner core and you may have a few questions post-quake. Like with your yard and swimming pool.

12 Days of Christmas Gifts - Gifts From the 12 Days of Christmas
Here's a twist on the 12 Days of Christmas: home and garden-related gifts chosen around the theme of the classic. Get ready for partridges, drummers, colly birds and the rest of the gifts, which all will look fabulous in your gift recipient's yard.

CPSC Recalls for Pool, Patio and Landscaping Products - Safety Recalls for Drain Covers, Grills, Pool and Patio Products
Along with the fun associated with outdoor furnishings, accessories, grills and pools comes an inherent risk. While many backyard hazards are due to homeowners' negligence, some risks lie within the products themselves. That's where the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission comes in, investigating reports of dangerous consumer products and recalling them to prevent further hazards and injuries. Check this list of pool and patio-related products that have been recalled in the past few years.

Halloween How To Projects - Halloween Decoration Ideas - Halloween Decorations to Make
Halloween summons the creative spirits in many of us. It's not just about what props you can buy, it's more fun and a challenge if you craft or make props yourself. Follow these instructions for Halloween how to projects that will transform your yard into a handsome home haunt.

LED Christmas Lights - The Best LED Christmas Lights - Outdoor LED Lights for Christmas and the Holidays
What is it about Christmas lights that brings out the decorator and celebrator in so many of us? For some, it reminds them of their childhoods, when they would look at lit-up neighborhoods from the backseat of their parents' cars and try to recapture some of that early sense of wonder and awe. Others simply

Planters and Pots - How to Choose a Planter or Pot for Your Patio Garden
A plethora of pots are vying for a position on your deck or patio. Tall ones, stout ones, sleek ones and cheap ones. In a choice of materials, styles, textures and colors. When choosing a pot for the patio, garden or pool area, you might wish you'd just gone with your instinct and grabbed the first few that caught your eye. Don't worry -- we've done the thinking and research for you, so next time you walk into the pottery section or look online, you'll know what you're doing.

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.

The Top Books About Pools, Patios and Outdoor Living
Consult this compilation of related book lists on home and garden topics for your next project. Whether it's pools, patios, or DIY -- your next book is probably on this list.

Trees to Plant Near Pools - Pool Landscaping With Trees - The Best Trees to Plant Near Pools
Which trees are best near a pool, spa or pond? Size, shape and leaf drop are things to think about when planting a tree by a body of water.

Home Haunt Ideas and Resources - Haunted House Ideas - List of Home Haunt Websites
Home haunts or yard haunts have become increasingly popular in the past decade. Die-hard do-it-yourselfers and Halloween enthusiasts often start on next Halloween's project in November, and ramp up their carpentry, design, animatronic and crafting skills in the months and weeks before turning their homes into haunted houses. Discover some of the top haunters and home haunt diy websites for insider's tips and instructions to make the best home haunt in the 'hood!

Home Haunt Ideas and Resources - Haunted House Ideas - List of Home Haunt Websites
Home haunts or yard haunts have become increasingly popular in the past decade. Die-hard do-it-yourselfers and Halloween enthusiasts often start on next Halloween's project in November, and ramp up their carpentry, design, animatronic and crafting skills in the months and weeks before turning their homes into haunted houses. Discover some of the top haunters and home haunt diy websites for insider's tips and instructions to make the best home haunt in the 'hood!

DIY Holiday Projects: Outdoor Decorations - Christmas Decoration Ideas
Make it a DIY Christmas with one of our do-it-yourself projects for outdoor decorations. Included: a tomato cage tree, split-door wreath and an ornament tree door decoration.

The Top 10 Fall Wreaths to Buy - Decorating Front Doors With Fabulous Fall Wreaths - The Best Wreaths to Buy for Fall Door Decor
Sure, you could make a fall wreath if you had the time. But if you're like many of us who buy the materials but somehow never seem to get around to making a fabulous decoration, then maybe it's time to give yourself a break. How so? Buy a fall wreath -- something stunning, high quality and that will last year after year. We've done the shopping for you -- all you have to do is narrow it down and choose one. Or two. After all, maybe you need a fall wreath for every door.

Outdoor Halloween Decorations - The Top 10 Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Must-Have Decorations for Halloween 2011
Every year, it seems like the Halloween decorations pop up earlier and earlier on store shelves, in catalogs and online. For many, decorating outdoors -- whether it's festooning a front porch or entryway with fall decor or staging an all-out home haunt -- has become one of the most enjoyable things about autumn. While some of your neighbors may be enjoying the football games on TV, your other neighbors have been making and buying props for the past month or so to decorating their front yard.

Halloween Home Haunt - Decorating for Halloween
Beware! Halloween home haunts are coming to a neighborhood near you! The popularity of turning your home into a haunted house has proliferated in the past few years and makes Halloween the second-biggest holiday for which to decorate. While many props can be bought at stores and online, the die-hard enthusiasts love to go the do-it-yourself route. Follow tips, how-to's and ideas from the top home haunters to create your spin on a home-based Halloween attractions. Boo!

25 Great Reasons to Swim - How Popular is Swimming?
Summer and swimming are synonymous. When it gets hot, everyone starts looking around for the friend with the pool. Swimming isn't just a fun way to cool off during the summer. It's one of the few sports that doesn't cost lots of money or require any equipment. It holds no age or ability barrier. According to data collected by the U.S. Census in 2009, swimming ranked fourth in popularity of sports activities in the U.S. So fish that swimsuit out of the clear box on the shelf in your closet, grab a friend and head for the nearest pool. But before you do, discover 25 compelling reasons to make swimming a part of your life.

25 Great Reasons to Swim - How Popular is Swimming?
Summer and swimming are synonymous. When it gets hot, everyone starts looking around for the friend with the pool. Swimming isn't just a fun way to cool off during the summer. It's one of the few sports that doesn't cost lots of money or require any equipment. It holds no age or ability barrier. According to data collected by the U.S. Census in 2009, swimming ranked fourth in popularity of sports activities in the U.S. So fish that swimsuit out of the clear box on the shelf in your closet, grab a friend and head for the nearest pool. But before you do, discover 25 compelling reasons to make swimming a part of your life.

25 Great Reasons to Swim - How Popular is Swimming?
Summer and swimming are synonymous. When it gets hot, everyone starts looking around for the friend with the pool. Swimming isn't just a fun way to cool off during the summer. It's one of the few sports that doesn't cost lots of money or require any equipment. It holds no age or ability barrier. According to data collected by the U.S. Census in 2009, swimming ranked fourth in popularity of sports activities in the U.S. So fish that swimsuit out of the clear box on the shelf in your closet, grab a friend and head for the nearest pool. But before you do, discover 25 compelling reasons to make swimming a part of your life.

Top Books About Japanese Gardens and Landscaping - Japanese Garden Books
A visit to a Japanese garden inspired you to change your own outdoor living space. You know you need to do your homework, and one of the best sources -- a book. Peruse this list of books on Japanese landscaping and gardens, sit back, and let the possibilities present themselves. Share a favorite book with us and keep us posted on your project.

Garden Structures - Architectural Features to Use in a Japanese Garden
That Japanese tea house you've been wanting to build in your backyard might look lost or out of place if it's the only architectural element you use in your Japanese garden. Discover other structures, buildings and design features you can add to your yard.

The Best Women's Gifts for Outdoors - Home and Garden Gift Ideas for Her
Mother Earth set the stage for that female-outdoors connection. So it's only appropriate that many gifts revolve around nature and women's outdoor environments. Give her an outdoors-related gift and savor the beautiful smile that will light up her face.

Garden Art - Types of Garden Art - How to Decorate Your yard
Consider adding some finishing touches to our outdoor living room, like pottery and garden art. These accessories will help pull together everything and make your space look more appealing while emphasizing your particular style. When choosing outdoor art, take cues from your home's architectural style. We've come up with a few popular and some not-so-obvious ways to bring color, art and interest to your outdoor space.

Patio Types and Styles - Designing Patios
Regardless of style, patios usually fall into one of seven categories when it comes to type. Discover which type of patio you need before you embark on a patio-planning project.

Celebrity Real Estate | Pool and Patio Property of the Week | Celebrities Luxurious Homes for Sale
Welcome to Pool and Patio Property of the Week, where we give you an insider's look at the outdoor living spaces of posh residential properties currently on the real estate market.Extreme and luxurious custom-designed pools, hot tubs, outdoor kitchens, secret caves, garden statuary, mazes - everything you can imagine and more - exist at someone's property, somewhere. Who knows? Maybe one of these palatial palaces is in your neck of the woods.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Best Book, Outdoor Living and Design
Great books provide inspiration and instructions for outdoor projects. A new category for the 2012 About.com's Readers' Choice Awards is Best Book: Outdoor Living and Design. Books can include topics ranging from landscape design to DIY playhouses, and deck designs to patio container gardens. The book nominated must have been published in 2010 or later.

Patio Design Ideas - Outdoor Patio Design Pictures - Patio Pictures and Garden Design Ideas
A prefab house at the L.A. Garden Show features a simple patio area with concrete pavers and pebbles. Get more ideas in this photo gallery of patio designs. Page 14.

Where to Find Vintage Garden Furniture - How to Find Cheap Patio Furniture
Although this two-seat settee is reminiscent of Adirondack-style furniture, it's simply a homemade wood patio chair project from many decades ago. The settee is one of many outdoor pieces you'll see on this visit to antique stores in Southern California. Page 7.

Where to Find Vintage Garden Furniture - Cheap Patio Furniture - Finding Vintage Patio Furniture
If you like the look of garden furniture that looks like it's been left out in the garden -- for decades, perhaps -- then you just might find it at an antique store. While antique stores used to be the first go-to place for all things vintage, flea markets, online auction sites and sources like craigslist.com have put many antique stores out of business. But nothing beats seeing the real thing in person. Come along on a visit to a couple of antique stores in Southern California. Page 2.

How to Find Vintage Garden Furniture - Shopping for Antique Patio Furniture
Most wooden lawn chairs can get a weathered, vintage look in just a few seasons -- perfect, if you like the look of old furniture in the garden. Page 4.

Where to Find Vintage Garden Furniture | Cheap Patio Furniture at the Antique Store | One-of-a-Kind and Cheap Vintage Patio Garden Furniture
If you like the look of garden furniture that looks like it's been left out in the garden -- for decades, perhaps -- then you just might find it at an antique store. While antique stores used to be the first go-to place for all things vintage, flea markets, online auction sites and sources like craigslist.com have put many antique stores out of business. But nothing beats seeing the real thing in person. Come along on a visit to a couple of antique stores in Southern California.

Shopping for Vintage Outdoor Furniture - How to Find Cheap Patio Furniture
If you have a front porch, you must get an old-fashioned glider. Porch sitting is making a comeback to a more simple time. Find out how to shop for vintage patio furniture. Page 3.

Emerald Green Outdoor Furniture - Pantone Emerald Green Furnishings - Emerald Patio Furniture and Accessories
How will Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year, Emerald, look outside? Guess what: It already is outdoors, growing in your garden and reflected in the water of your pool or pond. From there, it's a matter of adding a few touches here and there as accent pieces. Take a look at the Emerald patio accessories we've found for your garden.

Home and Garden Magazines
Not sure which DIY, shelter and gardening magazines to get or give as a gift? Check out our handy guide to what's what in the home and garden magazine world.

Home and Garden Magazines
Not sure which DIY, shelter and gardening magazines to get or give as a gift? Check out our handy guide to what's what in the home and garden magazine world.

Inexpensive Patio Furniture | Outdoor Patio Dining Sets for 2011 | Top Budget-Friendly Outdoor Dining Sets
Think about it. An outdoor patio dining set is like the anchor or hub of an outdoor room. You've got your burgers, marinade and some sort of grill. You can't just hand someone a meat patty and expect them to wander aimlessly throughout your yard. Enter the outdoor dining set. It lures you and your guests outdoors and keeps you there. If it's comfortable, well-made, and attractive, it establishes an outdoor room. We've done the scouting: check out our top picks for patio dining sets.

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!

Outdoor Halloween Party Decorating Tips From Eerie Elegance Author - Britta Peterson - Eerie Elegance Author Shares Secrets for Halloween Decorations
Have you hit a 'dead end' when it comes to decorating your yard for Halloween? Britta Peterson, 'Webmistress of the Dark,' guides you through Halloween prop design and party planning in her book, Eerie Elegance. Friends have described Peterson as a cross between Martha Stewart and Tim Burton, which she takes as a compliment. Possessed with design talents and DIY know-how, Peterson also is an accomplished party-cuisine chef, web designer and is a well-organized party planner. Meet Britta...

LED Christmas Lights - Outdoor LED Lights - Making the Switch to LED Lights
Are LED Christmas lights a brilliant idea? For many, outdoor decorations and lighting are as much a part of the winter holidays as gift-giving and overeating. But how do LED light strands compare to incandescent lighting? Are they an expensive fad; a green and eco-friendly idea that the majority of holiday decorators will dismiss? Find out why this should be the season to make the switch to LED holiday lights.

The Michael Jackson Collection Exhibit and Auction - A Q&A With Julien's Auctions CEO Darren Julien on the Neverland Garden Statuary, Patio Furniture
No. 1 of the five-volume catalog set for the auction of Michael Jackson's Neverland estate is entitled Garden Statuary & Outdoor Furniture. While Neverland is nevermore, back in its heyday, the 2,700-acre compound boasted an amusement park, zoo, gardens, statuary, furnishings and outdoor art. The auction was a chance to own a Neverland patio chair or statue. Apparently, the singer had a

Halloween Decorating Ideas From Roger's Gardens | Elegant and Mysterious Halloween Decor | Outside Halloween Decorations
Halloween comes early each year at Roger's Gardens in Orange County, California. The world-famous home and garden decor center in Newport Beach stages a themed Halloween display with several indoor and outdoor rooms that boast amazing and unique Halloween decorations and fall plants. Enjoy this picture gallery featuring three years of some of the best Halloween decorating ideas from Roger's Gardens.

Home and Garden Shows 2011 - Pool, Patio, Home and Garden Shows 2011 - Pool and Patio Shows 2011 -
Pool and Patio Show, Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Expo, Home and Garden Show, Flower and Garden Show. Call them what you like -- in any combination -- they all have a few things in common. Pool, home and garden events focus on residential outdoor living spaces, feature numerous exhibitors, guest speakers, and lots of attendees. Most of the pool, home and garden shows occur February-October. Tours and smaller shows are held by garden clubs and local chapters of gardening and horticulture groups.

Home and Garden Tours for Spring 2011
Spring garden tours from 2011.

Outdoor Landscaping Polls - Make Plans to Change Your Outdoor Space - Backyard Remodeling
During the past year, what have you added to your outdoor living space? Has it gotten smaller? Or somehow larger? Take the following polls to help you assess your past and present outdoor living space. From there, you can make plans for the future. Good luck!

Fireproofing Your Home and Yard - How to Make Your House and Yard Fire Safe
Wildfires can catch you offguard and rapidly change your life forever. In some parts of the world, like Southern California and Australia, there is no

CPSC Issues Massive Recall of Pool Drain Covers - Pool Drain Covers Recalled - The 10 Companies Listed on the CPSC Recall of Pool and Spa Drain Covers
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and eight manufacturers of pool and spa drain covers issued a massive recall of the consumer products due to incorrect ratings. Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled drain covers, which include products made by AquaStar, Hayward, Pentair and Waterway Plastics. The potential hazard: the drain covers were incorrectly rated, which could cause a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and spa bathers.

Celebrating Hanukkah - A Guide to Celebrating Hanukkah - Chanukah Entertaining Ideas and Decorations
Hanukkah, aka Chanukah, is the eight-day Festival of Lights. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November - December on the secular calendar. It celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, purity over adulteration, and spirituality over materiality. We've assembled information on the holiday, its history and traditions, along with memorable ways to celebrate it with your family, friends and community.

Where to Install Outdoor Christmas Lights - Hanging and Installing Outside Holiday Christmas Lights - Best Places to Install Outdoor Christmas Lights
When it comes time to install outdoor holiday Christmas lights, where are the best places in your yard to display lights and decorations? Christmas lights on the roofline are traditional, but other places include porches, patios, pathways and outdoor decks. Bare spots on the lawn are the perfect spot for inflatable Christmas decorations.

2011 About.com Readers' Choice Awards Pool and Patio - Best Pool and Patio Products: About.com 2011 Readers' Choice Awards: Pool and Patio Finalists
The About.com Reader's Choice Awards 2011 Best Pool and Patio category honors the year's top pool and patio products, brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers. This is the first year that the Pool and Patio category has joined the Readers' Choice Awards. This year's Best Pool and Patio category seeks to honor the Best Outdoor Patio Furniture, Best Pool Cleaner/Vacuum, Best Pool Test Kit, Best Hot Tub/Spa, and Best Decking. Voting is Feb. 11 to March 8, 2011.

Outdoor Patio Cushions and Pillows to Buy - Top Choices in Outdoor Patio Cushions and Pillows - Cushions for Outdoor Patio Furniture
It's like sprinkles or icing on a cake: colorful, vibrant or carefully chosen pillows and cushions for outdoor furniture can add oomph to your outdoor deck and pizzazz to your patio set. Outdoor pillows and cushions vary in price, depending on the fabric, brand or designer. Garden-variety pillows in solid colors from discount stores are usually more plain or neutral, but digging around to find the deals may garner you a chic-looking pillow that looks a lot more expensive than it really is.

Hanukkah Outdoor Decorations - Decorating Ideas for Hanukkah Celebrations
Hanukkah is not about glitz and overdone yard displays with lots of inflatable characters and giant spinning dreidels. Still, many households that are Jewish, interfaith, or those who want to honor all the winter holidays like to decorate outdoors. After all, the original point of outdoor lights and decorations was to brighten up the darkest time of the year, when the days are shorter, trees and foliage are bare, and -- except for the snow -- the landscape can be colorless.

Kids Outdoor Play Equipment - Children's Gifts for Backyard Play Areas - Kids' Outdoor Play Equipment Gift Ideas
It's simple and a given: kids love to play outdoors, and kids love to play on outdoors equipment. They delight in playhouses and play equipment tailored for their smaller sizes, and love having a space outdoors they can claim as their own. As with any gift, you can go simple or elaborate: most children are appreciative and thrilled to have something that kicks off their imaginations or sets them free to exercise in their own environment. A bonus for parents: you can make sure they're safe.

'Beverly Hills, 90210' Beach House for Sale | Want to Buy the '90210' Beach House? | For $10M, '90210' Beach House is Yours
Get out your cordless phone and call the gang from West Beverly High: the awesome beach-front home used in the mega-popular Fox-TV series,

Do-it-Yourself Deck Building - How to Build Decks
You don't want a

Holiday Outside Decorating - The Top Outdoor Holiday Decorations and Accessories for 2012
In these economic times, many consumers have put a halt to buying. We're cutting back, downsizing and doing without. In just a few months, so much seems so frivolous and unnecessary. Holiday gifts are less expensive but more carefully considered. People are foregoing any visual signs of celebration. But Christmas is about feelings and memories, many of which are sparked by simple decor: lights, greenery, colors and familiar images. Buy one decoration this season and perhaps raise your spirits.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Your Pool and Patio Lover - Romantic Gift Ideas for People Who Love Pools, Hot Tubs and Patios
What's the best gift to give your pool and patio lover? Think about the setting: a bubbling hot tub, moonlight on the patio, a romantic walk along a lighted pathway, colorful lanterns floating in a pool, the warmth of a big thirsty towel waiting for you as you step out of the spa. Sound good? These gift ideas were carefully researched, with originality, fun, thoughtfulness and, in most cases, budget in mind. They're the types of gifts that will surely make your recipient smile, or something...

Storm Watch - Preparing Your House and Yard Before a Hurricane, Storm or Tornado - Protect Your Yard and Pool Before a Tornado or Storm
Storms, tornadoes and hurricanes are inevitable in some parts of the world. If you live in a storm or hurricane-prone region, take a proactive approach to surviving a disaster by getting your house, yard and swimming pool ready before the storm hits. Follow these important suggestions and steps from experts like the American Red Cross.

Approved Anti-Entrapment Drain Covers | Anti-Entrapment Drain Covers for Swimming Pools and Spas
Owners and operators of public swimming pools had the deadline of Dec. 19, 2008, to be equipped with anti-entrapment drain covers and fittings conforming to ASME/ANSI standards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will enforce compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act as a consumer product safety rule.

Approved Anti-Entrapment Drain Covers | Anti-Entrapment Drain Covers for Swimming Pools and Spas
Owners and operators of public swimming pools had the deadline of Dec. 19, 2008, to be equipped with anti-entrapment drain covers and fittings conforming to ASME/ANSI standards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will enforce compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act as a consumer product safety rule.

Pool and Patio Gifts - Gift Ideas for the Pool, Spa and Patio Lover on Your Gift List - Gift Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces
What do you get for the pool, spa or patio lover on your gift list? Once you start looking, you'll find oodles of ideas in all ranges. So what's out there? Everything from the practical -- like a trusty pool test kit -- to the extravagant -- like a big stainless-steel outdoor grill. There's also containers, statuary, outdoor clocks, bird feeders, barware, snowflake trivets, furniture and accessories. And inflatable igloos, pool fountains and light shows. See what I mean? The list goes on and on!

Christmas Wreath Reviews - Outdoor Holiday Wreaths for Christmas - 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.

Above Ground Swimming Pools - Above Ground Swimming Pools Pros and Cons- Should You Buy 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. Above ground swimming pools range from affordable models to more luxurious (and expensive) styles. Many can be enjoyed year 'round, and some use saltwater systems popular with in-ground models. Above ground pools can also be equipped with solar heating systems and covers.

Thinking of Building a Swimming Pool? Swimming Pool Planning 101 - How to Plan a Swimming Pool Project
Curious about what it takes to build a swimming pool in your own backyard? Here are a few key points to consider before making the commitment.

Mel Gibson's Connecticut Mansion for Sale - Celebrity Real Estate Pools and Patios - Mel Gibson's Old Mill Farm
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Celebrity Real Estate | Pool and Patio Property of the Week | Celebrities Luxurious Homes for Sale
Welcome to Pool and Patio Property of the Week, where we give you an insider's look at the outdoor living spaces of posh residential properties currently on the real estate market.Extreme and luxurious custom-designed pools, hot tubs, outdoor kitchens, secret caves, garden statuary, mazes - everything you can imagine and more - exist at someone's property, somewhere. Who knows? Maybe one of these palatial palaces is in your neck of the woods.

Mel Gibson's Malibu House for Sale - Mel Gibson Cuts Loose of Mediterranean Mansion in Malibu - Mel Gibson Lists Lavender Hill Farm in Malibu
Looks like Mel Gibson is at it again. No - not fathering another child, nor getting into shenanigans after partying at a Malibu pub. The actor/director has listed another palatial property for sale. This time around: the Mediterranean-style Lilac Hill Farm in Malibu, which joins his Old Mill Farm in Greenwich, Connecticut, as two Gibson-owned properties currently on the market. Gibson and his wife, Robyn, are divorcing after nearly 30 years of marriage.