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Article updated: 5/21/2013 10:29 AM

Special series gives backyard, grilling tips

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Is your backyard ready for your daughter's graduation party? Is your garden a source of inspiration for your new photography hobby? Do you love retreating to your outdoor oasis to relax with a book? If not, it could be time to Get Your Summer On.

Earlier this year, we asked readers to submit pictures of their backyards badly in need of a makeover. We have narrowed down the entries to 20 finalists, and each week our yard and garden experts are offering their advice on ways to turn these boring yards into the envy of the neighborhood.

Later this spring, five of these yards will win the makeover or prize package that was suggested by our experts. Prizes packages include a patio makeover, fire pit package, water feature and an entryway package.

Check back each week to see what our backyard professionals have to say about these troubled yards, for creative ideas and expert advice that you can apply to your own backyard this year.

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