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Ice Melt – After the Storm

Ice Melt – After the Storm

How Does Ice Melt Effect Landscaping? There are several types of products used to manage snow and ice during winter months.  Rock salt (Sodium chloride) is one of the most commonly used de-icers.  It is inexpensive and very effective, but unfortunately can be potentially harmful to certain surfaces and plants that may be nearby. Other types of products contain minerals like potassium, magnesium, or calcium.  These types of products are less likely to cause damage to the landscaping plants and hardscapes.  The downside is that they are more expensive than rock salt and…continue reading →
Ice Melt-Is It Safe for Pets?

Ice Melt-Is It Safe for Pets?

Winter weather presents many challenges for commercial property owners and managers.  Keeping guests, residents, and employees safe and keeping the property accessible to emergency personnel are the primary goals and ice melt plays a critical role in an effective winter weather strategy.  But what about pets and other animals?  Are the products used to melt ice on asphalt, concrete, and other hard surfaces safe for our four-legged friends?
Property Managers Guide to Snow & Ice

Property Managers Guide to Snow & Ice

In the Mid-Atlantic, typical snow season is November through March. Many snow removal companies provide services in conjunction with an annual commercial landscape maintenance contract. Property managers should be prepared to tie the two together. When the winter weather rolls in this season, it’s reassuring to know you have the right company covering your property for snow and ice removal. Sure, there are plenty of companies that can plow the snow, but very few can offer the full range of services needed to handle anything Mother Nature may dish out.
Brine or Salt-Which is Better?

Brine or Salt-Which is Better?

Keeping commercial properties safe during winter weather is a number one priority. There are several products and methods available to address accumulating ice and snow and to keep properties safe and accessible for all users. As the snow and ice industry evolves, professionals continue to seek out better products, faster and longer lasting methods, and more cost-effective practices to minimize risk in winter weather. One practice that is becoming more popular throughout State Highway Administrations and Department of Works offices is applying brine.  But can this method be applied at the commercial property level?
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