When ice and snow hit your driveway, it creates a slippery hazard that needs immediate attention. The most common way to prevent the perilous risks of falls in the winter is to sprinkle some rock salt on pathways. However, as harmless as salt might appear, it can cause some pretty serious damage to your property when not used properly. Here’s how salt impacts your driveway and what you can do to avoid damage. What is Rock Salt? Rock salt is sodium chloride and contains a mix of grit, gravel and stones. When applied to your driveway it begins to heat … Continue reading Winter Salt and Its Impact on Your Driveway
As the temperatures drop and the snow covers up your flowerbeds, bushes and shrubs, you don’t need to abandon your backyard until next spring. There’s no question your property doesn’t look quite as pristine in the winter months and the sun has lost much of its warmth, but you can still heat things up with a key addition or two to your outdoor landscaping. Install a Firepit Firepits make a great addition for those warm summer nights, but a firepit in the winter is just as enjoyable. In fact, many people prefer to sit outside and stay warm around a … Continue reading How to Enjoy Your Landscaping Throughout the Winter Months
If fall is your favourite, you are not alone! It’s a wonderful time to enjoy your outdoor space as the colours become vibrant and the temperature takes a turn towards sweater weather. If you want to continue to enjoy your yard, your hot tub and your bbq through fall, you absolutely can! And, if you are excited to enjoy your outdoor winter décor, here are some landscaping lighting ideas that will keep you safely lit straight through the winter. Don’t Miss a Thing The good news, during the peak foliage you don’t need to make any adjustments to your lights. It is, however, an excellent time … Continue reading Landscape Lighting Ideas for the Fall and Winter
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?
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 doubt about it: It’s cold out there. That’s why – before winter truly hit – you learned how to protect topsoil and took steps to prepare your landscaping for the season, such as: Pruning and removing dead plants or branches Removing weeds Getting up on a ladder and cleaning your gutters Raking leaves like a pro You may have also spread one last layer of topsoil from Lane’s Landscaping Supplies wherever it was needed. Unfortunately, that topsoil has been exposed to the worst of Old Man Winter all season long. Snow. Ice. Wind. Cold temperatures. You name it. … Continue reading How to Protect Topsoil from Old Man Winter