That fact is that we need road salt to help keep our roads and sidewalks safe. Unfortunately, this salt, which is made up of sodium and chloride, dissolves after it’s laid down and can flow into nearby waterways. This affects the water it’s going into, as well as any wildlife that uses that water source. Low concentrations of chloride can cause little to no effect. But higher concentrations can actually cause large pockets near the bottom of lakes, creating biological dead zones. And as these concentration levels rise, they can become quite fatal to aquatic life, such as plankton and … Continue reading Environmental Effects of Road Salt and Limiting its Use
We all know it helps keep our roads safe, but how does road salt work? Some of the most common questions around road salt include: Why does salt melt ice? How does salt melt ice on roads? What does salt do to snow? Read on to learn more about road salt and to discover its benefits. The History of Road Salt According to the Cary Institute, New Hampshire was the first known location to use salt to de-ice roads, beginning in 1938. “By the winter of 1941- 1942, a total of 5,000 tons of salt was spread on highways nationwide. … Continue reading Why Does Salt Melt Ice? How Does Salt Melt Ice on Roads?
Are you asking yourself: ‘What happens if my dog eats road salt?’ When the snow starts to melt, it can cause havoc for not only us but our pets too. The salt we use to protect us from slipping could be dangerous for your pet. The last thing you want is for your furry friend to become unwell. Discover the signs to look for and how to protect your pet this winter. What is Road Salt & What Happens if Your Dog Eats it? Road salt (sodium chloride) is a de-icing chemical used for maintaining roads and paths in places … Continue reading What Happens if Your Dog Eats Road Salt?
How is road salt made? And what is road salt made of? You may be wondering if you’re purchasing this year’s salt bag, especially if you have some prized landscaping to protect. What is Road Salt Made Of? All road salt is, at its core, the same mineral — sodium chloride. You may be surprised to learn that this is identical to what you sprinkle on your scrambled eggs in the morning. With salt, the size and coarseness of the grain is everything. Fine, powdery white salts are reserved for kitchen use, while the chunkier, rougher pebbles of off-colour salt … Continue reading How is Road Salt Made?
We can hardly believe the year is almost over —it flew by so quickly. With Christmas just around the corner, all of us at Lane’s Landscaping Supplies wish you the very best this holiday season. As we ring in the new year we also want to take the opportunity to look back and recap the best of the past year. Highlights of 2018 Over the course of the year we have been happy to share many blogs with you on an array of interesting. Having said that, we understand that life is busy and that you may have missed some … Continue reading Happy Holidays from Lane’s Landscaping Supplies
Driveway and sidewalk salt are must-have items in order to safely get through winter in Canada. And while bulk salt is a necessity in winter, it becomes frustrating in spring when homeowners are dealing with salt damage to things like: Interlock pavers Shrubs, bushes and trees Patio furniture Wood surfaces Slippery ice is a huge winter hazard, and it’s dangerous not to spread bulk salt, but you don’t want it to ruin your outdoor landscaping either. You can find the solution in How to Protect Your Landscaping Surfaces from Road Salt from Lane’s Landscaping Supplies. What you’ll learn Inside your … Continue reading How to Protect Your Landscaping Surfaces from Road Salt
The first day of winter is quickly approaching, and according to all forecast reports, it’s expected to be a doozy. In order for your grass to come back strong in the spring, you need some proactive winter lawn care in the fall. With that in mind, here are some easy-to-follow tips on preparing your lawn for winter from Lane’s Landscaping Supplies. Winter lawn care tip 1: The last grass cut before winter Chances are November will be last month in the year you cut your grass (even if a very light snow has fallen). Right up until you can’t fire … Continue reading Winter Lawn Care. Preparing Your Lawn for Winter.
There’s no better way to get more from your outdoor living space and boost the overall value of your home than with a landscaping project. Do it right…and you’ll want to invite family and friends over to spend as much time outside as possible. Do it wrong…and you risk having a landscape that’s not to your liking; that’s built incorrectly, or both. If you’re wishing of new interlocking patio stones, custom landscape lighting, gorgeous natural steps, and more, learn how to make your dream come true instead of becoming a nightmare. 1. Set a realistic budget At Lane’s Landscaping Supplies, … Continue reading How to Ensure Your Landscaping Project Will be a Success
Although it’s been a terrific summer here at Lane’s Landscaping Supplies, the first day of autumn (Saturday, September 28) is quickly approaching. That means less sunlight, shorter days, and colder temperatures. And before you it, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s will soon be here. So if you’ve got the following fall lawn care jobs on your list, now’s the best time to tackle them. Give your topsoil a bit of extra water Because summer’s been very hot and dry, you hydrated your topsoil every so often to ensure it doesn’t turn into plain old dirt. However, you’ll need to … Continue reading Fall Lawn Care Jobs You Might Forget to Take Care Of
An oft-forgotten – but very important product here at Lane’s Landscape Supplies – is best-level polymeric sand for pavers. When the last of your interlock pavers or interlocking patio stones get installed, the gaps between each individual stone need to be filled with something. That something is polymeric sand. And the reason for it lies in its composition: Fine quartz particles. Silica sand. Water-activated polymer to prevent the sand from blowing or washing away. Colour. Polymeric sand should be applied dry. After it gets wet, the drying process hardens the sand. That, in turn, keeps your paving slabs in place. … Continue reading The Importance of the Best Polymeric Sand for Pavers