Category Archives: Winter

Environmental Effects of Road Salt and Limiting its Use

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

Why Does Salt Melt Ice? How Does Salt Melt Ice on Roads?

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?

What Happens if Your Dog Eats Road Salt?

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?

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?

How to Protect Your Landscaping Surfaces from Road Salt

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

Winter Lawn Care. Preparing Your Lawn for Winter.

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.

How to Protect Topsoil from Old Man 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

Happy Holidays from Lane’s Landscaping Supplies

Christmas is just around the corner and the entire staff here at Lane’s Landscaping Supplies wishes you the best of the season. As 2017 is coming to an end (can you believe it?), it seems like a good time to recap the best of the past year and provide some helpful winter landscaping tips too.   The smart way to set a landscaping budget Without a doubt, the most popular blog we posted in 2017 was about the smart way to set a landscaping budget. In case you missed it the first time, here are some highlights: A good budget … Continue reading Happy Holidays from Lane’s Landscaping Supplies

Ice Melt or Rock Salt? What’s the Difference?

Ice melt or rock salt? Many homeowners use these terms interchangeably when describing bulk salt or driveway/sidewalk salt. After all, ice melt or rock salt both accomplishes the same thing: Melting away tough ice and thick snow from your interlocking pavers. So it doesn’t matter what you choose, right? Actually, it does. It all depends on what you need it for and where you plan on using it. All about ice melt The name of this product is pretty self-explanatory: Ice melt melts ice. That’s because ice melt is usually comprised of one of the following: Calcium chloride (widely accepted … Continue reading Ice Melt or Rock Salt? What’s the Difference?

10 Ways to Get Your Yard Ready For Winter

In case you’re wondering, the first day of winter is Wednesday, December 21. Of course, there’s a good chance winter will arrive in full force before its “official” start date. In any event, if your homeowner backyard isn’t prepared for it now, it’ll pay for it once spring arrives. But if you follow these 10 preventative tips from Lane’s Landscaping Supplies, your yard will come back strong once winter finally ends (which happens to be Monday, March 20, 2017). 1. Remove any dead annual plants you have They aren’t coming back to life and you’ll be replacing them in spring … Continue reading 10 Ways to Get Your Yard Ready For Winter