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Add a fence to your beautiful back yard

Published On: Dec 05 2013 10:59:02 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 18 2013 03:39:41 PM CST
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(NewsUSA) - It's time to start heralding the outdoors by beautifying the backyard. So, don the appropriate garments, grab some tools and turn your backyard into something ideal for entertaining.

Families love to spend time outdoors -- especially if they have a pool, patio or deck -- so take the time to administer some TLC to the lawn, pool, patio and garden.

The following tips will help you get the most out of your backyard:

1. Grow some privacy. Depending on the size of your backyard, consider installing a fence, arbor, pergola, row of bushes, trees or hanging vines to shelter your property from the neighbors. This helps make gatherings more private and gives your lawn a "secret garden" feel. Plus, a fence, trellis or arbor can offer a wind-break and much-needed shade -- both of which can be key for pools. Flowering vines like trumpet vines, clematis or morning glory attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

2. Get cozy outdoors. If you have unused deck space, create a family-friendly area perfect for entertaining outdoors: cook-outs, lounging, games or parties. All you need is some inexpensive patio furniture -- clusters with chairs and a sofa -- and small tables for surface space. To make it really cozy, add some brightly colored throw pillows and potted plants.

3. Simplify pool maintenance. Family pools tend to make the best parties, but all investments include maintenance. Adding a pool cover can reduce pool heating costs by 50 to 70 percent.

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