We all know it’s coming: the messy slush, dangerous ice, heavy snow, whipping winds, below-freezing temperatures, and all kinds of other challenges that come with a New England winter are inevitable. Get ahead of the headaches these can cause for your residential and commercial property by adequately preparing for the season. Not sure where to get started? Keep reading for our winter storm preparation advice.
Hire a Snow Removal Company
Before you do anything else, if you don’t have one already, you’ll want to contract your snow removal company. If you wait too long, you’ll be competing with every other home and business calling last-minute (or during the storm) also looking for coverage. By then, you might be waiting behind a queue of other clients for them to get to you. This is a crucial first step of your winter storm preparation. It’s also good to secure a company early so you can ask the proper questions and have them survey your property before the flakes start flying to avoid damage during the snow removal process.
Winterize Your Landscape and Hardscape
By now, you should have already winterized your sprinkler system. But this isn’t the only element of your landscape and hardscape that can be affected by winter storms.
- Preparing Your Landscape: Some of the plants in your garden may need to be covered, trees and shrubs may need pruning, and you may wish to overseed your lawn.
- Preparing Your Hardscape: Before the snow and ice hit, you’ll want to fill any cracks in your walkway or patio, shut off water and electricity to your outdoor kitchen, and check that you have the appropriate winter storm products as some chemicals and materials can damage your hardscape.
Stock Up on Winter Storm Necessities
We’re not talking about bread and milk from the grocery store; we’re talking about a trip to the hardware store for all the products you’ll want to have at your fingertips when a storm is over. Don’t wait until the day before the first big storm of the season, as these in-demand items can sell out quickly. Here are some things to put on your shopping list:
- Snow shovels
- Ice melt
- Snow brushes/brooms and anti-freeze for the car
When it comes to winter storm preparation, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Here at Dolan Landscaping, we can help make sure you’re ready for whatever the New England weather throws our way this winter. We provide commercial and residential clients with full-service snow and ice management—including snow plowing, snow blowing, salting, sanding, snow stacking, and snow removal. Let’s chat about what we can do for your home or business. Contact us today to get started.