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Patio shades and canopies

Hot weather and scorching sunlight are times we think about outdoor living the most. But they can also be the most dangerous times for outdoor living.

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Hidden, but not forgotten. A gazebo offers a place of sanctuary that is truly a place for soul searching with the addition of compact, abundantly flowered landscape roses. Flower Carpet-Pink by Tesselaar
We've learned that sunscreen and hats are part of good personal safety in the sunshine of life. It's possible to also provide shade in the backyard, at the beach, at the that your whole family can enjoy an oasis of cool, refreshing, healthful shade.

A variety of shade innovations are cropping up for the outdoor enthusiast. Shade Sails by Santina and Shade Sails LLC provie an architectural touch to the overhead canopy installations above decks and eating areas.

Canopies and gazebos by Coolaroo provide portable, wide coverage.

And don't forget the institution: the umbrella. Whether small enought to cover a table or large enough to create a conversation pit outdoors, the umbrella is a traditional backyard tool for eating and enjoying the lazy days of summer sun.

Another helpful shade provider is the carport that provides protection for the paint of cars, boats and more. These easily erected tents by Variflex are heavy duty and provide entended protection from scorching sunlight, rain and even urban pollution.

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Earth's Most Successful Life Form
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Habitat on Your Balcony and Garden Patio
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