Even though it may be taking forever for winter to arrive in our beloved Game of Thrones, it’s not far from our reach back here in reality. Canadian winters can be unforgiving and harsh on our homes. That’s why it’s important to take advantage of the fall season to get your home and garden ready to endure the onslaught of the snow and harsh, cold temperatures.
If you’re unsure whether you’re prepared for the snow, here are some key points to prepare this fall, and throughout the winter season.
Before the Winter
Before the snowy weather arrives, take a look around your yard to determine where the snow will usually end up getting piled. If there are any delicate shrubs, young trees, or even mailboxes, it might be worth transplanting/moving them away from the road to avoid any damage from salt or city plows.
Also, now’s the time to clear out the gutters and rake up any leaves, especially any debris that might clog up storm drains. If there are any low-lying branches hanging over or around your yard or roof, have them trimmed back to eliminate any damage that might occur when the snow and ice place extra weight on them.
If you have any items like sports gear or garden tools laying around, tuck them away inside the shed and clear all pathways to make shovelling much easier once the snow hits. Don’t forget to call Hansen in advance to get your ice melter delivered directly to your door!
During the Snow
Once the snow arrives and begins to accumulate, it’s always best to keep on top of snow management to avoid having to clear excessive amounts of snow. If possible, try to avoid placing the snow pile directly on shrubs or young trees and brush off the snow if they begin to bend.
Always keep your bags of ice melter and shovels handy and in easy reach so you don’t have to trek through the snow to find them.
For an elderly parent or for yourself, if you require assistance with snow removal, be sure to arrange it prior to the first expected snowfall. Never take on shovelling a heavy load of snow on your own if you are at a health risk. If you are unsure whether or not you should be shovelling snow please check with your doctor before the first snow fall.
Continual Maintenance During and After
Staying on top of snow maintenance is important. and Always keep pathways visible and illuminated with appropriate outdoor lighting. Salt your driveway and sidewalks often and always ask for assistance, if necessary, before taking on snow removal.
Keep your home, garden, and yourself on top of the winter snow by preparing well in advance, keeping your exterior ready with all of the necessary snow maintenance tools available. When you’re prepared to take on the winter, it can be much easier to endure once it finally arrives.
Did you know Hansen offers snow removal services? Our residential services include driveway clearing, walkway cleaning, salting and traction aid services, and ice melter delivery to your home. Contact us to learn more or sign up!