Hiring a snow removal service means you won't have to rush outside to shovel before work anymore. The following five tips can help you prepare for winter snow removal.
1. Plan Ahead In Fall
Start planning for snow removal in fall. When you mow for the last time, make sure to also edge so you don't have grass overhanging the sidewalk. This prevents the edges of a snow blade from catching the grass and ripping out a strip of your lawn. This is also the time to trim back bushes and hedges so they won't impede shoveling or the use of snow removal equipment. Further, rake up any leaves that are on paved areas so they won't freeze to the ground come winter.
2. Move Obstructions
You don't want to come out on a snowy morning to find your favorite large planter speared on the edge of a snow plow. Move any items that can't be easily plowed around, or those which are likely to be hidden by deep snow, to an area of the landscape where they won't be in the way of snow removal. Stacks of wood in the driveway, various planters, and even some outdoor furnishings can be in the way of snow removal once the winter season arrives.
3. Mark Your Boundaries
Use snow poles or reflector poles to mark the boundaries of the areas you want plowed. Set these out before the snow arrives. Place them in the corners of driveways and sidewalks, then set them at intervals if the sidewalk winds or isn't straight. You can also use poles to mark the perimeter of areas to avoid, just make sure you communicate this to your snow removal contractor.
4. Clear a Spot
Your snow removal contractor will need to dump the snow somewhere, so why not have a clear spot available for just that. The key to a good dumping spot is to ensure it won't cause issues once the snow begins to melt. Avoid areas right up against a building or in areas of the lawn that will suffer from being smothered and then overwatered. Large grassy areas are ideal. For sidewalks, the parking strip may be the best location. Move planters and other items that you don't want buried beneath the snow.
5. Set a Schedule
Finally, set a schedule with your removal service before the first snow arrives. For example, if you leave for work at 8 am, you don't want your removal service showing up at noon. When signing on for service for the season, let the contractor know when you would like them to plow as well as where you need to have the plowing done.
Contact a residential snow removal service for more help.