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chrissiekirk

Growing up, working and living in the state of Michigan for 37 years we had a beautiful back yard with enormous decking, built-in gas grill and a pool that was spectacular--invariably each and every time we would plan and schedule a swim party it would be cancelled out due to inclement MI weather. Living in the southwest in the Mojave desert we had a backyard with a bricked patio, pergola, swimming pool but the high pollen counts, high heat of the summer would basically keep us indoors with the A/C! You have to live in such a perfect climate to have a backyard like any of the above in order to get full use of the space...it seems to me! They are lovely but really practical? Just wondering.

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rancherogrl

juthurst, your observation is spot on. Bee and bird poop, spiders, rodents and dust are the reality of outdoor living if you aren't rich and can't pay someone to constantly maintain your patios. By the time you clean and prep everything you don't even feel like sitting outside any more LOL.

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