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Snow Removal: When and How

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As Utah landscapers and pool builders we know that one of the joys—and the stresses—of living in in this area is the snow. While its great for outdoors sports like snowboarding and skiing and while it does give the holidays that extra touch of magic, it isn’t so great or magical for your driveway.

When to Start

It’s a good idea to begin removing snow every time a few inches falls. You can also wait until a storm blows over and then begin removing it in layers. This will keep the task of snow removal from becoming bigger than you can handle. If its an especially wet winter, then it’s also a good idea to also think about removing snow from your roof once it reaches twelve inches.

How to Begin

There are a variety of different ways to remove snow. You can take a snow shovel to your drive. For this method, try to find a shovel that’s good for both lifting and pushing snow. Also be sure to not overdo it. Believe it or not, there are thousands of cases of snow-shoveling injuries, many of which involve slips and falls.

You can also take the route of the snowblower. It might take a little experimenting to get the right pacing but it can make snow removal less labor-intensive. Plan out a route you can follow so that you won’t be blowing the snow onto the pavement that you’ve already cleared.

A third method is by using chemicals like sodium magnesium chloride, rock salt and calcium chloride. These chemicals decrease the freezing temperature of all the snow and ice and breaks its bond with your concrete driveway. Just make sure that you do some research beforehand as some chemicals can be harmful to plants and pets.

The designers and pool builders here at Mellco Landscaping are very familiar with the challenges that Utah weather can bring to homeowners and their yards. If you’re considering some landscaping to brighten up your home after a long winter, we’re happy to help! View our gallery today to see how out Utah landscapers can help freshen up your yard for year 2020.