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Protect Your Plants from Frost: 5 Things you need to know

Our region is facing a very large cold front so we wanted to make sure you knew exactly what to do to protect your plants from the frigid temps.

We compiled a very short list of the 5 most important things to do to protect your plants and trees from frost:

1. Bring in small potted plants: It is extremely important to bring your small potted plants indoors. 

2. Bring larger potted trees/shrubs under cover: A garage, pergola, or even other trees all serve as a protective barrier for larger potted plants. Be sure to cover the roots with blankets or sheets (escpecially any fruit barring tree/shrub).

3. Water well: Believe it or not it is good to give plants/trees a bit of water early in the day. It helps them to withstand the cold temps at night. (Do not over water...just certain animals hybernate and don't need as much food in the Winter, plants are accustomed to not needing nearly as much water in colder temperatures)

4. Do not cut back the damaged branches: Although the dead branches are not attractive, these branches will better protect the healthy part of the plant in future frosts. 

5. Apply mulch/pinestraw: Mulch and pinestraw both create a layer of protection for all plants, trees, and shrubs. It is wise to apply a layer each Spring and Fall to protect plants from hot temps in the Summer and Cold temps in the Winter. 

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Make the ABSOLUTE best out of what you have... 

The term "sore thumb" means something that does not blend in with its surroundings.

As landscape architects, our goal is the do the exact opposite. We want a landscape and outdoor living space to seamlessly fit in to the surrounding landscape as if it has been there the whole time.

One of our most recent completed projects is a perfect example of combining a client's interest with the existing elements to create something special. At this existing 10 year old home, we incorporated several of the architectural design elements into our landscape design. The color and type of stone, the color of the pool deck, and natural boulders were all chosen with the existing property and home as a guide. We designed the shape of the pool, pool deck, and path ways with natural lines to fit the style and slope of the property.

Natural elements are not only very important to the overall look of a landscape design, but also just as important for the sustainability and longevity of the finishes. We all know it can be fun to incorporate unusual materials and exotic plants, but a great design always takes into account the existing surroundings and environment for their long term relevance of the materials. 

At Charles Miller Companies, we provide our clients with a personal, hands on experience to create seamlessly beautiful landscapes that will  grow and flourish over time. We know the importance of using the right quality materials and plants to create a perfect outdoor living space.

Please take a look below to see the before and after photos of this project...
 
 
                                                                                     
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As you can see whether your home is new or existing, you can feel completely confident that we have the experience and expertise to incorporate an absolutely beautiful living space that will bring joy, entertainment, and relaxation to you and your family for years to come.

Take a fresh look at things from our perspective and you may be surprised what you can see.....
 
To view all the photos of this project, please visit our gallery page and click on "Log Cabin Retreat".
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The heat is bearing down, and you can be literally standing in the swimming pool and still feel like you are baking. Imagine a cool mist blowing in your face in that exact moment! Having misters installed around your pool is a fantastic way to stay cool as you enjoy your outdoor living area...not to mention it is a great conversation starter!

More and more people these days are installing these misters through our their outdoor living spaces. They can be installed in your outdoor kitchen, around your outdoor bar, under your porch, or around your swimming pool. The misters help you maximize the time you spend outdoors.

In the meantime, stay cool and enjoy your summer!

 

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If you are reading this you are taking a look at our newly launched and redesigned website! We couldn’t be more proud of it.

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