Safe Snow Removal Tips to Follow This Winter

Driveway Markers

Discover a few ways to safely remove snow from your property.

We are at the end of November which means the winter is only a few weeks away.  The winter season brings frigid temperatures and the potential for heavy snowfall.  Once snow lands on your property, you need to know how to remove it properly.  The last thing you want to do is try to remove snow using a quick method that it actually damages your lawn.  Luckily, there are a few safe snow removal tips you can follow during the winter.

Use a Snow blower

When it comes to removing snow from your property, look into investing in a snow blower.  The Maryland area is known for experiencing one or more feet snow during a single winter, so a snow blower is one of the most effective tools for removing heavy snowfall.  You can use a snow blower to direct snow to appropriate areas on your property instead of it piling up on your lawn. A snow blower removes snow without damaging your lawn or hardscaping features.  It is efficient at removing snow from your walkways and driveway without you exerting energy compared to shoveling.

Snow Markers

One of the most important tips to follow is to mark the end of your driveway with snow markers.  If you happen to live in a neighborhood or on a street in which your driveway faces the street, the most aggravating issue is when the snow plow goes through and blocks your driveway, potentially damaging your property.  One of the ways you may minimize this issue is to put driveway markers at the end of your driveway so that snow plows know where your property starts. There is probably nothing you can do about a plow coming through and blocking your driveway with new snow from the street but maybe you can decrease the damage that could be caused by plows and your property.  If you happen to hire a snow removal company, you should install snow markers so that they will not damage your property.

Rock Salt vs. Ice Melt

A de-icing product, such as rock salt, results in run-off that can be harmful to soil, as well as, your plants and trees and can harm your animals.  You may want to use alternatives to rock-salt, such as potassium or magnesium chloride because they are far less harmful to the environment. Rock salt is lethal to pets and can damage grass and plants.  Rock salt can also damage asphalt, brick, stone, metal and wood. Rock salt is effective up to 20 degrees.and magnesium chloride is effective to negative 13 degrees. Both alternatives are environmentally friendly, safe for pets and plants in small quantities.  Be careful to not over apply because it may damage asphalt and concrete. The reason rock salt is used is that is cheaper and plentiful and works quickly.


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