Tips For Your Snow Removal Process

by Claude Walters

You probably enjoy the fresh, newly fallen snow from your window. After all, the white, shimmery glow that encompasses the trees and grass can be a magical sight. But that feeling doesn't last long when you realize you need to shovel and plow as the inches pile up. And the more you have to shovel and plow, the more damage your sidewalks and driveway may sustain. This article will give you some tips on how to carefully, and properly, remove the snow and ice to try and keep your pavement underneath in the best condition possible.

Gear Up

Before winter even starts, you should have prepared your snow removal equipment. Make sure your shovels are strong enough to handle the heavy snow. Also, your snow blower should be filled with the proper fuel for the product. Many snow blower owners find themselves with machines that don't work properly because they did not use the correct type of fuel for their machine. The owner's manual to your snow blower should explain the type of fuel you should be using.

Removing Snow

If you're in an area that is going to be seeing a large accumulation during the same snowfall duration, you may want to consider clearing the snow a few times throughout the event. It's easier to remove the snow in smaller quantities than to try and remove all of the snow at once. If you can't do that, then remove the large pile of snow in layers. Snow should be removed before it has a chance to be packed down.

For driveway snow removal, mark the driveway with markers before the snow even starts so that you know where the driveway ends and where the lawn begins. This is especially helpful if you have a snow removal service doing the driveway clearing. 

Protect Your Vegetation

Deicing products are great for removing the danger that ice buildup causes, but it can end up damaging your landscaping and vegetation. It also can damage your home's floors when tracked in from the outside. Sodium chloride is a cheap deicing product, but it does not work well when the temperature falls below 25 degrees. The salt can also absorb into the soil and cause toxic chemical balance.  Calcium chloride works well in colder temperatures and does not cause as much harm to your vegetation, but can leave a residue that will cause harm to your home's floors and your pet's feet. 

Try using calcium magnesium acetate, which can be a bit expensive, but is biodegradable, salt-free and won't harm the environment. It also does not corrode the concrete like salt does.

For more information, contact Vintage Lawn or a similar company.