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<p>(BPT) - Hooray for a holiday. You&rsquo;ve got the day off, you&rsquo;ve sent out the backyard barbecue invite and all your nearest and dearest are coming over to eat, drink and be merry.</p><p>So, what&rsquo;s next? Whether you&rsquo;re a seasoned entertaining pro or a new host, The Home Depot has tips to make your backyard an oasis for a long holiday or any weekend.<br><br>A week before</p><p>About a week before the long holiday weekend, check off your heavy cleaning jobs like power washing, mowing the lawn or cleaning the grill. Whether you&rsquo;re washing the outside of the house or the back patio, new innovations like the Ryobi 3100 psi Pressure Washer make the job a breeze. Powered by an 187cc Honda engine, it has five spray pattern adjustments and a 25-foot hose &ndash; making it easy move around freely and customize water flow for different areas. <br><br>With the neighbors over, you want to be the envy of the neighborhood where the grass really is greener. &nbsp;Give it a fresh mow and clean up the edges with a <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/Outdoors-Outdoor-Power-Equipment-Trimmers-Edgers-Hedge-Trimmers/h_d1/N-5yc1vZbx9r/h_d2/Navigation" rel="nofollow">hedge trimmer</a>. Outdoor power tools that use the latest technology like the Ryobi ONE+ Lithium Ion Hybrid Trimmer make the job easier. The battery charge lasts four times longer, the tool is lighter and easy to maneuver.</p><p>Cleaning the grill used to mean getting a bicep workout, but simple cleaning products on the market today make it a lot easier. An example would be a non-toxic, multipurpose cleaner like Simple Green Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner and Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Magic Eraser - versatile enough for your grill, patio furniture, car rims and hand tools.</p><p>If you&rsquo;re in the market for a <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/Outdoors-Grills-Grill-Accessories/h_d1/N-5yc1vZbxaz/h_d2/Navigation" rel="nofollow">new grill</a>, it&rsquo;s time to strike while the iron is hot with great holiday deals - a Brinkmann 5-Burner Gas grill is $399 with a free propane tank. You&rsquo;ll look like a gourmet using this grill with its 634-square-inch cooking area - it can handle burgers, veggies and your other sides all at once. Color is a huge trend in grills this year - the Brinkmann 5 Burner makes a stylish statement in copper while other grills, like the Aussie Walk-A-Bout, pop in cheerful bright red.</p><p>Nothing is more inviting outdoors than some fresh flowers in pots or in the garden. The Home Depot offers easy options like the new Drop &lsquo;n Bloom flowers or stress-free design options like Thriller, Filler, Spiller. For Thriller, Filler, Spiller, choose your favorite large plants - the thriller - to serve as the focal point.&nbsp; Smaller plants - the filler - are used to fill in the space between the focal point plants. Finally, low-growing, cascading plants - the spiller - are used to cover the ground of the garden.</p><p>The day before</p><p>Prep your decor for tomorrow. If you&rsquo;re looking for a creative way to display your American flag, try a DIY project like <a href="http://ext.homedepot.com/community/blog/from-the-forums-diy-american-flag-made-from-lumber/" rel="nofollow">The Home Depot&rsquo;s DIY American Flag</a>, made from lumber. This folk-art inspired flag is an easy project to complete in 24 hours. Look to Pinterest for table inspiration and know that a beautiful tablescape doesn&rsquo;t have to be expensive. Combinations of burlap, mason jars filled with wildflowers and potted plants are beautiful and inexpensive. Small, clustered arrangements aren&rsquo;t as pricey as large floral arrangements and make a bigger impact. Buy your supplies today and check off any last-minute cleaning projects. Prep your arrangements and water the plants - one less thing to deal with tomorrow.</p><p>Weekend time: Relax and barbecue. Congratulations on being the envy of the block. With all the prep work you&rsquo;ve done, all you have to do today is decor detail. Assemble your table and check off the last of your finishing touches. Now, put your feet up on your <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/Outdoors-Patio-Furniture/h_d1/N-5yc1vZbx4o/h_d2/Navigation" rel="nofollow">patio furniture</a> and wait for the guests to arrive.</p>

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