AmerenUE has partnered with Mike Miller—well-known landscape consultant, designer, author and radio show host—to help homeowners learn to plant “the right tree in the right place” and prevent tree-related power outages.
In February, AmerenUE began to feature Miller in radio advertisements that offer his gardening and tree-trimming tips. Now, a new page has been added to Ameren’s Web site, www.ameren.com, that allows customers to ask their gardening and tree planting questions. Miller will respond to selected questions on the site, and visitors can also hear audio clips of his radio ads.
“Trees planted too close to power lines or other electrical equipment are the number one cause of power outages, especially during storms,” says AmerenUE Senior Vice President Richard Mark. “Mike Miller’s advice and tips will help customers help us to provide even more reliable electric service.”
A St. Louis native, Miller spent his early childhood near the Missouri Botanical Garden. After service in the Air Force during the Vietnam War era, he studied botany, horticulture and landscape design before joining the botanical garden staff in 1977.
During his five years there, he helped establish the English Woodland Garden and taught courses through the garden’s evening series. In 1982, he joined a retail garden center as general manager and earned a Missouri state nurseryman certification.
In 1986, he moved to residential landscape consulting, planning and design. He also served as a faculty member of the Horticultural Department at St. Louis Community College and has participated in educational programs sponsored by universities, state agencies and gardening organizations.
AmerenUE serves 1.2 million electric and 125,000 natural gas customers across Missouri. Ameren, through its subsidiaries, serves 2.4 million electric and nearly one million natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area of Illinois and Missouri.
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