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Taking care of the trees in your yard is crucial to ensuring they will live long lives. Pruning is the first step to take when considering tree health. Pruning helps the tree’s health in a couple of ways. The first benefit to pruning is that it helps get rid of pests. Another thing pruning helps prevent is the spread of canker or vascular diseases on tree branches. Building the structure of the tree helps make it stronger. If the tree is strong, it is less likely to break during inclement weather. If the leaves have less crown density, they will dry faster which makes them more resistant to foliar disease. Pruning is just one of many ways to help maintain your tree’s health.

Cables and brace rods were added to this tree for added structural support.

Mulching two to three inches of organic mulch in a critical root zone helps retain water so the roots stay moist. It also insulates the soil to better manage changing temperatures. Soil care and fertilization is also a must and that is based on a soil analysis that can be completed by tree experts. Root invigoration is needed where root development is impeded by compaction and low organic matter. This process revitalizes the soil to keep it healthy for the tree. Pest management is also crucial to a healthy tree. Monitoring for damaging insects and taking proper steps when they are seen will elongate the life of the tree. 

Photography by Callie Cranford

For more information, call Bartlett Tree Experts at (843) 556-8696 or visit

When T. Phillips of Latitude Design Group saw Five Palmetto Road for the first time there wasn’t even an obvious front door. Now T. has married modern touches with the home’s history, designing a space that is both sleek and clean, with an obvious front door that invites guests inside. 

Enter the home and be welcomed by 4,000 square feet of custom finishes. Handcrafted cabinet details by Carpenters Restoration, wide plank European wood flooring, Italian calacatta gold marble tiled baths, modern black aluminum windows, glass transom french doors, full slab quartz detail with modern waterfall island in kitchen and main baths installed by Palmetto Surfacing, and antiqued wood beams and double sided gas exposed brick fireplace are just some of the many special touches that T commissioned from his partners. The updates to this home are not only on the surface, but also behind the walls. 

For T, it was important to make sure that the house came with great amenities behind the walls and on the exterior as well, so the redesign included replacing components with precision. There is all new electrical wiring throughout the home, new pvc plumbing, new roof and shingles, and a new European high velocity HVAC system. These touches, that might seem small, will make a huge difference in the longevity of the home and the comfort that it provides its future occupants. 

In addition to all of the stunning features in the main house, there are also two detached spaces on the property that offer supplementary square footage. The garage offers two stories of storage. Two car spaces on the first floor, and an unfinished second floor allow for the future buyers to create a custom space to suit their needs. There is ample space for an apartment on the second floor to be rented out, or used as a guest getaway for visitors. Another little building on the lot is the shed, perfect for an office, art studio, writer’s retreat, yoga studio, or just about anything you can imagine. 

Flooring Shaw European White Oak plank floors are seen throughout the main spaces pairing well with the natural hues. Tumbled Marble in a ‘Versailles’ pattern complete the butler’s pantry, and a Calacatta Marble tile is seen in all of the bathrooms, inspiring a modern European vibe.

Plumbing Rohl/Brizo fixtures are used in the kitchen and bathrooms, again continuing to modernize this remodeled home. The master bath features a freestanding Victoria and Albert tub made of volcanic limestone.

Other Unique Features The main house, garage windows, and exterior rear doors are Sierra Pacific. A custom California Pinky’s Front Exterior Door/Porch Steel Glass Doors welcome visitors inside the home. The team used antique barn reclaimed wood beams and mantels for the double sided gas fireplace, as well as custom fabricated Charleston artisan railings.

Rolled/eased trim moldings are seen throughout the house creating a modern look. Storm rated, seeded glass aluminum garage doors were used to assist in protecting against strong winds. The weather treated wood fencing is durable against the Lowcountry climate, as is the Hardie Plank and stucco exterior. The gravel walkways and driveway, and the stone pavers, offer a unique finishing touch.

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Giving back to the community that has supported them over the years in one way or another is part of the philosophy that drives business at Ledford’s Pest Control. Over the years, Ledford’s Pest Control has worked to support multiple organizations. One organization that they support is the East Cooper Meals on Wheels. This organization offers meal delivery services for qualified individuals. Ledford’s is involved in their annual fundraiser as a donor and advertiser. The Ledford’s team also provides pest control for East Cooper Meals on Wheels. In addition to their support of ECMW, Ledford’s also works to support the Jenkins Institute of Children, again assisting with fundraisers. These two organizations are just a couple of places where Ledford’s Pest Control puts their time, assisting in spreading the word of the missions that ECMW and the Jenkins Institute of Children portray. The Ledford’s team believes that hunger should not be something anyone should deal with and that children who are less fortunate need support; that is why they choose to assist these two local organizations.

For more information, call Ledford’s Pest Control at (843) 766-8298 or visit

More and more homeowners are itching to get outside and enjoy their backyard patios as we enter the summer months. Outdoor kitchens have become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly in the Lowcountry where dining outdoors stays popular year-round. Through companies like Palmetto Outdoor Kitchens, the backyard becomes more than a patio but rather a living space, with unique grill and fireplace designs that can tie together the entire area. One of the best ways to customize the patio dining space is by installing a grill set with a pop of color, either in the cabinetry or woodwork. By using vibrant whites or pastels, you can revamp the space to have a more bohemian, beachy vibe or modern accent to complement your dining set. The team at Palmetto Outdoor Kitchens offers grills, outdoor ovens, cabinets and other appliances to accent any and all patio spaces. 

For more information call Palmetto Outdoor Kitchens call (843) 216-0006 or visit

Light up the summer nights. Warm weather is here which means you can keep the outdoor party going into the night by illuminating your backyard. Add discrete LED fixtures around your yard to add light in smaller spaces creating a larger effect. String lights in different areas around the yard to tie in the warm feel. Adding light to your backyard can highlight different features, such as pathways. Not only does this add interest to your landscape, it is also a safety precaution, allowing easier navigation through the yard during nighttime hours. A popular trend in outdoor lighting are LED lights that change colors which lets you to set the ambiance for the night. Feeling a little lost with planning how to brighten your outdoors? Consult the experts. Reach out to Outdoor Lighting Perspectives and they’ll help plan and execute your lighting dreams. 

For more information about Outdoor Lighting Perspectives call (843) 412-5874 or visit

Summer is upon us and it’s time to show a little love for your outdoor furniture. With a new season comes new trends. A conversational atmosphere can be created by placing your outdoor furniture closer together in order to cultivate a more intimate setting. Mixing different materials such as wood and steel will showcase a more eclectic design.  Opting for a classic look with wicker or rattan furniture allows you to be creative with decor and add in bright pops of color and fun patterns to stand out amongst the matching set. If you are unsure where to start with your outdoor space, start by bringing the inside out and take cues from the dècor on the interior. Although there are many routes you can take when selecting your outdoor furniture, one thing you should always remember is that durability is a must. If you are unsure where to find durable outdoor furniture head to Backyard Retreats to check out their vast selection. 

For more information, call Backyard Retreats at (843) 856-0049 or visit 

Whether you’re planning to build, remodel, or add some square footage to your house, consider increasing the beauty, functionality, and value of your home with the addition of a space that everyone in your family can enjoy throughout the year. The addition of a sunroom is a great way to simultaneously provide an area for entertaining and relaxing. Screened porches are also a staple in Charleston, because of the reprieve they bring from the nearly year-round attack from mosquitoes and other insects.

When contemplating or designing a sunroom or screened porch addition, keep in mind that there is a custom style to fit your home and your family’s individual needs. An Express Sunrooms traditional sunroom is more than meets the eye. Each aspect of the construction of their sunrooms is engineered to meet and exceed the local wind, snow, and even earthquake loads so that your structure stands strong alongside your home. On the more technological side of the spectrum is the new LifeRoom option that Express Sunrooms has begun offering in the Lowcountry.

LifeRoom is a state-of-the-art “sunroom” that offers the flexibility of choosing the way you and your family enjoy the outdoors with the touch of a button. Regardless of the temperature outside, the CoolMist Climate System maintains your ideal temperature, while the SmoothGlide Motorized Screens protect everyone from harmful UV rays, the cold, and even Charleston’s immense insect population.

There is nothing quite like a summer evening in the Lowcountry. As the sun starts to set, scraps of pink sky peek through the branches of live oaks, and it is dim enough to see the lightening bugs begin their nightly rituals. The heat of the day will have faded with the sun, making it the perfect time for outdoor entertaining or simply eating a relaxing meal on your back patio. It can be cumbersome to have to cook inside but entertain outside. Palmetto Outdoor Kitchens makes it possible to host an outdoor event and not miss a moment with your guests.

Palmetto Outdoor Kitchens offers fully equipped customizable outdoor kitchens as well as grills and fireplaces to accommodate all of your outside entertainment needs. Designers are available to assist you with personalizing your outdoor kitchen space from the cabinets to the appliances you would like to include. Palmetto Outdoor Kitchens will work with you to create a unique kitchen that fits your style and is integrated seamlessly into your existing outdoor space.

Palmetto Outdoor Kitchens also offers cleaning and repair services for your existing grills and installation services for your custom kitchens. If you would like to learn more about this company, their products, or their services, you can visit their showroom or come to the 2018 Charleston Home + Design Show from Friday, January 26 th to Sunday, January 28 th. Palmetto Outdoor Kitchens is a sponsor of the show and will be there to answer any questions you may have.

Do you hate getting on a ladder and cleaning out your gutters? This can be extremely dangerous and over 700,000 accidents per year are caused by falls while people are cleaning their gutters according to

Ultimate Gutter Guard by Southern is a go-to company when it comes to gutters here in the Lowcountry. By installing the Ultimate Gutter Guard system, it eliminates the need of yearly gutter cleaning and also protects your home’s foundation and roof. The system is maintenance and clog free and the large selection of colors makes it so that the gutters blend right into your home.

A great thing about this company is that they don’t just have and install the Ultimate Gutter Guard system! They also do the following: replacement windows, vinyl siding and trim, bathroom remodeling, and even attic insulation. They’re your one-stop shop when it comes to not only the exterior of your home, but also parts of the interior. Go to Ultimate Gutter by Southern’s website at to learn more about the Ultimate Gutter Guard system and everything else they can do for you.

As a sponsor of the 2018 Charleston Home + Design Show, Ultimate Gutter Guard by Southern will be available to answer any Ultimate Gutter Guard system questions you may have, or chat about your next home project. Stop by their booth January 26th-28th at the Gaillard Center in Downtown Charleston, and learn more about this wonderful Southern Industries company, Ultimate Gutter Guard!

When thrown the phrase “southern living” many cannot help but conjure images of rocking chairs placed along porches as homeowners sit peacefully sipping on sweet tea. Yet this traditional picture is but one scenario when it comes to outdoor living in the 21st century. One of the great advantages of living in the Charleston area is the year-round weather, specifically the climate, which even in winter months only dips to around 60 degrees. These averages are what encourage homeowners to adopt outdoor living spaces. But how amazing would if be to bring a bit of the indoors outside?

Mt. Pleasant’s AV Lifestyles, a custom provider of media and audio technology, allows homeowners to make the most of their outdoor living areas by providing the opportunity to install state-of-the-art entertainment centers. The systems provide a modern and unique way to entertain. The entertainment systems allow homeowners to tap into streaming and audio devices and apps, such as Pandora or Spotify so that the mood is perfectly set for any event. The best part is, AV Lifestyles caters individually to the homeowners’ preferences and will build any system to the homeowner’s likings while still making these specifications financially realistic. Through AV Lifestyles, the traditional porch or deck setting can boast a unique flare, by becoming accessible as well as entertaining all year round.