Outdoor Essentials broadens offering with ornate, metal vegetable markers, garden stakes, bird silhouettes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 30, 2011 - Outdoor Essentialsr has added a full line of ornate vegetable markers, garden stakes and bird silhouettes to its product offering. Showcased during IGC 2011 in Chicago, these unique metal cutouts are designed for practicality and visual appeal for gardens and landscapes.

About the products
The rusted patina markers and garden stakes are made from laser-cut recycled metal. Each vegetable marker is welded to a 12-inch-tall metal stake and available in seven flat metal profile designs. The ornamental garden stakes are welded to 18-inch-tall metal stakes and are available in seven flat metal designs.

Outdoor Essential's rusted metal bird silhouettes are available in five profiles and attach atop fence or deck posts, mailboxes and other perches.

Outdoor Essential's products are available through a network of lawn and garden retailers in the United States
and Canada. Visit for complete information.

Outdoor Essentials - Taking style outdoors
Outdoor spaces are becoming preferred areas for family gatherings and simple relaxation. Outdoor Essentials understands how important a sanctuary is in today's fast-paced world. Our line of fun and elegant garden products lets you transform an ordinary garden into a vibrant, beautiful outdoor environment.

Universal Consumer Products, Inc. is a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc., a holding company that provides capital, management and administrative resources to subsidiaries that design, manufacture and market wood and wood-alternative products for DIY/retail home centers and other retailers, structural lumber products for the manufactured housing industry, engineered wood components for the site-built construction market, and specialty wood packaging and components for various industries. The company's consumer products subsidiary offers a large portfolio of outdoor living products, including wood composite decking, decorative balusters, deck post caps and plastic lattice, and its garden group offers an array of products, such as garden post caps, bird baths and stepping stones, to retailers nationwide.

Universal's subsidiaries also provide framing services for the site-built market and forming products for concrete construction. The 55-year-old company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with facilities throughout North America. Visit, call Tim Deiter at 206-437-7869 or e-mail to learn more about Outdoor Essentials. Visit for more information about Universal Forest Products.